Special Devices Inc., 3431 N. Reseda Circle in Mesa, a manufacturer of initiators used in the production of airbag inflators, broke ground March 16 on a 64,000-square-foot expansion of its facilities. SDI acquired 19.6 acres adjacent to its existing facility and will invest more than $25 million in the expansion. Over the next 12 months, the company will create 175 jobs with an average annual wage of $40,000. The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2016, according to a press release.
SDI’s parent company, Daicel Corp., decided to expand the Mesa facility to create its second U.S. airbag inflator manufacturing plant. The expansion reinforces Daicel’s automotive airbag inflator business and meets the increasing demand for airbag inflators in North America, the world’s largest market and the rapidly growing market in Central and South America, according to the release.
“This expansion project is a huge step forward in the growth of SDI and Daicel,” SDI Chief Operating Officer Nick Bruge said in the release. “We have had tremendous cooperation from the city of Mesa as well as the state of Arizona and Maricopa County in making this happen to help meet the needs of our customers.”
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