KyotoCooling’s new Norton facility brings 100 new jobs
By Terry Troy
KyotoCooling has opened a new manufacturing facility in Norton near Akron, which will bring 100 new jobs to the region. KyotoCooling is a leading provider of water-free cooling technology for data centers around the world.
The global company, based in Dallas, had already established a temporary operation in the Northeast Ohio Region, and opted to expand here to leverage the region’s talent pool, logistics and business-friendly environment.
“After an extensive year and a half long search for a new facility that fits our unique needs, KyotoCooling found the perfect fit in the KDA Manufacturing building in Norton, Ohio,” said Greg Schlechter, Ohio Plant Manager, KyotoCooling. “Karla and David Klossner have been great to work with and the city of Norton has been extremely welcoming making the transition as easy as possible. We look forward to growing with the Norton community for years to come.”
KyotoCooling considered other locations for its new facility, however, found the Northeast Ohio Region to be ideal. A team comprising Summit County, the Greater Akron Chamber, JobsOhio and Team NEO supported the company’s decision-makers throughout the evaluation process with information, insights and resources.
“Our regional competitiveness, at the national and international levels, is reinforced when global companies such as KyotoCooling reinvest in Northeast Ohio,” said Gregg Kramer, vice president of economic development with the Greater Akron Chamber. “The City of Norton and County of Summit offer a competitive location – and corresponding workforce – necessary to support and sustain company growth going forward.”
“We are excited to welcome KyotoCooling and its team to Summit County. Working with partners like Team NEO, JobsOhio and our local OhioMeansJobs Center, we are pleased to provide training funds, hiring assistance and other services to bring this growing company and its good paying jobs to our community,” said Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive. “With our skilled workforce, business-friendly environment and strategic location, Summit County has everything KyotoCooling and other businesses need to be successful.
“Team NEO, along with our local partners and JobsOhio, welcomes the expansion and continuing growth of KyotoCooling in the Northeast Ohio Region,” added Bill Koehler, CEO of Team NEO. “We’re pleased that the company, in a growing and important tech sector, recognizes the great opportunity here, supported by logistics and supply chain excellence plus a skilled, dedicated workforce.”
KyotoCooling’s air-side economization is one of the most economical and efficient data center cooling technology on the market today. Based on its patented technology, KyotoCooling utilizes the KyotoWheel to provide 90% effectiveness in heat rejection to produce and maximize constant free cooling hours in data centers.
With a long history of installations in mission critical Tier III and Tier IV data centers, in hot and cold climates around the world, KyotoCooling operating performance and economic benefits are unprecedented. The average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) across all current KyotoCooling installations worldwide is less than 1.25.