Daifuku North America to Establish $15M Headquarters in Novi


Daifuku North America Holding Co., a manufacturer of automation and material handling systems, plans to establish a new headquarters facility in Novi.

The project is expected to generate more than $15 million in capital investment and create 85 new jobs, including engineering, sales, and project management positions.

Daifuku North America Holding Co.’s subsidiaries, Jervis B. Webb, Wynright Corp., and Daifuku America Corp., will also be part of the move into the new building.

Daifuku North America Holding Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd., which was established in 1937 in Japan.

“Daifuku’s decision to establish this new facility in Michigan rather than another state means good jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the talent in the state’s automotive sector,” says Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Daifuku’s commitment to Michigan reflects the great advantage of locating in the capital of automotive manufacturing.”

He says Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Ohio for the facility. The construction of the new location, which is expected to be 76,889 square feet, will run from this September to next summer.

The MEDC’s Michigan Business Development Program is providing a $700,000 performance-based grant, while Novi is extending a property tax abatement for the project.

“Novi has become an attractive location for research, technology, and service providers,” says city of Novi Mayor Bob Gatt. “Daifuku’s desire to locate here contributes to our community’s tremendous growth and vibrant spirit in support of the automotive industry.”