Monday, October 6, 2008
DESA, LLC Announces Additional Manufacturing Operations to Move to Bowling Green Headquarters
BOWLING GREEN, KY-DESA, LLC announced its plans to bring more than 100 new jobs to its Bowling Green headquarters yesterday. These new jobs will come from the planned move of DESA's Power Tools Division manufacturing and distribution operations from Manchester, Tenn., to Bowling Green.
The consolidation and additional jobs in Bowling Green will provide additional manufacturing capacity to produce the new Remington Power Mower and support the continued growth of the Power Tools Division. DESA expects to add 100 new jobs to the Bowling Green headquarters over the next several months, along with additional jobs as new products from the Power Tools line are introduced into the marketplace in the coming years.
DESA, LLC is a manufacturer and marketer of electric lawn and garden tools and heating products. DESA's corporate office is located in Bowling Green, Ky., which is also home to the Retail Heating Division, the Power Tools Division and distribution. Other divisions include the Professional Heating Division and the International Division. DESA's products are marketed under the following brand names: Remington, Master, Vanguard, Reddy Heater, Comfort Glow, Design Dynamics, Outdoor Leisure, FMI and Glo Warm. The company's channels of distribution include home centers, distributors, contractors, mass merchants and hardware cooperatives.
The decision to consolidate existing manufacturing operations from Manchester to Bowling Green did not come easily to DESA; however, the company based its decision on the availability of several Lean process improvements at the Bowling Green headquarters, which will allow it to maintain a competitive edge in the power tools market.
"While this is an extremely difficult decision for everyone involved, it was required to provide the manufacturing capabilities to sustain our future growth" said Lance Servais, President, Power Tools Division. "Our headquarters in Bowling Green is growing substantially this year because of our primary goal, which is to remain the leader in the marketplace for electric lawn and garden tools and heating products."