Rinnai Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announces it will triple the size of its North American headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia. Rinnai America Corporation will expand its operations by building a new two-story headquarters building and by launching a North America Innovation and Training Center.
Rinnai will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony on July 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. at its current headquarters, located at 103 International Drive in Peachtree City. The groundbreaking will feature a Japanese-style ritual called Ji Chin Sai, which is designed to wish for safety during the construction and for health and prosperity for the users of the new building.
The ceremony will involve Yuzo Yoshida, Managing Executive Officer & General Manager, Overseas Business Headquarters, Rinnai Corp.; Frank Windsor, Chief Operating Officer, Rinnai America; Nathan Harwell, General Counsel, Rinnai America; Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch; Eric Maxwell, Chairman of the Fayette County Commissioners; Dr. Barry Marchman, Chair of the Fayette County Board of Education; and other area government and business leaders.
INVESTMENT FOR GROWTH
“We are extremely proud to expand Rinnai’s North American headquarters in order to position Rinnai for continued growth,” Windsor said. “Our dedicated employees and commitment to innovation benefit our dealers, installers, customers and consumers. We continue to drive market growth with new products and innovations.”
Rinnai’s capital expenditure for the entire project, including building, testing equipment and parking expansion, will exceed $15 million. Rinnai will also be hiring additional employees to support its continued rapid growth.
EXPANSION TIMETABLE AND FOOTPRINT
The first phase of construction will focus on the new headquarters building, with associated move-in expected in summer 2018. Renovation and expansion of the current headquarters into the new Innovation and Training Center is expected to follow and be completed by year-end 2018.
The Innovation Center will be adjacent to the new headquarters with easy access between both to enable all associate teams to continue working closely together. The Innovation Center will house an advanced research-and-development laboratory, product certification center, and the “Rinnai Experience” customer product training.
Upon completion of Rinnai’s 37,560-square-foot headquarters building and 25,110-square-foot Innovation Center, the total expansion will bring Rinnai’s footprint to nearly 63,000 square feet on its 8.4-acre campus.
COMMITMENT TO PEACHTREE CITY
“After Rinnai America conducted a thorough search of potential headquarter site locations, we were very pleased with the decision to remain in Peachtree City, where we’ve been since 2001,” said Mark Buss, Vice President of Marketing.
The new headquarters building exterior will be translucent Kalwall® panel technology. The interior will be a bright, collaborative and energy-efficient design. A sunshine corridor will be added between the Innovation Center and headquarters. The new design is aimed at furthering Rinnai’s stated goal of being an “employer of choice” in the metro-Atlanta area.
Kajima Building & Design Group, with offices in Atlanta, is the designer and general contractor for the expansion. Rinnai America has also engaged Atlanta-based Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates as the interior designer for the project.