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Navien To Build First U.S. Plant in Virginia

March 4, 2020
Phased expansion will start this spring as distribution facility, eventually triple in size to add manufacturing by 2026.

February 29, 2020 (Irvine, CA) - Navien, Inc., the leader in condensing technology, will establish its first U.S. manufacturing and assembly operation in James City County, VA. The 300,000-sq-ft facility will be used as a distribution center for the first two years and begin the transition process and preparation into manufacturing operation in 2022, with the first stage of manufacturing expected to begin in 2023.

“Navien’s decision to locate its first U.S. manufacturing operation in James City County demonstrates the competitive advantage that Virginia offers to international companies looking to expand into new markets,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. “This project is an important win for the Greater Williamsburg region and our Commonwealth, as Navien will bring a key facility back into productive use, create 180 high-quality jobs, and utilize the nearby Port of Virginia as its gateway to the world.”

Contingent upon regulatory permits and approvals, Navien’s current plans are to expand the existing facility starting in 2023, which will triple the footprint to nearly 900,000 sq. ft. by 2026.

 “The close proximity of this property to the Port of Virginia and the flexibility to expand and allow for Navien’s continued investment over time helped us make this decision,” said Navien CEO Sangkyu Lee. “Establishing an East Coast facility will support Navien’s growth and allow for faster delivery to primary eastern markets while balancing current shipments coming into California. We look forward to working with the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program as we grow this facility and its importance to Navien’s overall leadership position in North America.”

Distribution of Navien products from the new Virginia facility is slated to begin in April 2020. 

About Navien

The leader in condensing technology, Navien, Inc. has become one of the fastest growing companies in the home comfort sector in North America. Navien's condensing tankless water heaters, combi-boilers, and boilers possess state-of-the-art technology, high efficiency and reliable quality. 

Navien has achieved international recognition for its sophisticated engineering and robust designs. Backed by parent company, KD Navien with more than thirty-five years of experience with advanced boiler and water heating technology, Navien will continue its mission to provide high quality products. Navien products are available in the United States and Canada through a selected network of wholesale distributors. For more information, visit

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