Governor Tomblin Announces Diamond Electric Headquarters Moving to West Virginia

Updated 5 years ago Special to HNN From a Gov. Tomblin Press Statement
Governor Tomblin Announces Diamond Electric Headquarters Moving to West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (December 15, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Diamond Electric is relocating its North American headquarters to West Virginia. The move will consolidate the automotive ignition coil manufacturer's main U.S. office with its existing operation in Eleanor, Putnam County.

The parent company, Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

"Since Diamond Electric opened its first manufacturing plant in West Virginia in 1997, the company has chosen to expand its operations in the Mountain State multiple times," Gov. Tomblin said. "We're honored Diamond Electric has selected West Virginia as the new home for its headquarters facility. I truly appreciate the confidence in not only our state and our business climate, but West Virginia's growing and dependable workforce as well.

Over the years, the operation in Eleanor has grown into the company's largest production facility in the world.  In addition to the U.S. and Japan, Diamond has operations in five other countries across the globe.

 

 "This change will streamline Diamond Electric's U.S. operations by improving accessibility between departments and it will strengthen our internal and external communications," said Hironori Kurita, Chairman of the Board for the Japanese-owned U.S. company. "We will continue to maintain a sales office in southeast Michigan to provide quality service to our valued customers." 

 

Diamond Electric supplies ignition coils to Ford Motor, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru.

 

Diamond Electric currently employs approximately 335 workers in West Virginia. The employees in Michigan are being given an opportunity to relocate with the company to West Virginia, which is expected to add 10 to 15 positions to the Eleanor site.

 

Since 2012, six Japanese companies - including Hino Motors, Nippon Thermostat, NGK Spark Plugs, Wheeling-Nisshin and Toyota and Diamond Electric - have invested $136 million in the state, creating more than 175 jobs.

 

West Virginia maintains a business development office in the city of Nagoya in the Chubu Region, the industrial hub of Japan. Currently, West Virginia hosts more than 20 Japanese companies. Combined, these operations provide jobs for more than 2,500 employees across the state.


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