It was just on March 16, 2015, that Governor Doug Ducey, Mesa Mayor John Giles and other State and local dignitaries joined Daicel Corporation and Special Devices, Inc. to break ground for their new factory. A year later, the bare 20 acre parcel of desert has now become a magnificent 64,000 square foot factory that is producing air bag inflators. A new company, Daicel Safety Systems America Arizona, Inc. (DSSA AZ), has been established but it is next door to a long standing Mesa company, Special Devices, Inc. (SDI). The new company is directed by the SDI management team who are highly experienced in running a safe and successful pyrotechnic business.
Daicel Corporation, which owns DSSA AZ and SDI, is a worldwide company that was founded in 1919. Both DSSA AZ and SDI are part of the Motor Safety Division, which is made up of 12 companies, located in 6 different countries and employs over 6,000 people. A second US company is also an inflator manufacturing facility in Kentucky where it employs approximately 800 people.
SDI currently employs over 400 people near Greenfield Road and Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. Among other things, SDI builds air bag initiators, small explosive devices that trigger a reaction to deploy automotive air bags during a crash. DSSA AZ which now employs more than 220 people, manufactures air bag inflators which fill the protective air bag cushion with gas almost immediately upon an impact. DSSA AZ has already started expansion plans and construction has begun on additional manufacturing space with planned completion in early 2017 to support the long term growth of the company.
DSSA AZ is currently working a 3 shift operation and made its first inflator shipment on June 15, 2016. The work atmosphere in the new factory is clean and bright.
Special Devices Inc. and Daicel Corporation join IMAGE program.