NGK USA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Workers at NGK Ceramics USA, Inc. place parts on a car headed for the kiln.

A 50-acre, multi-building facility in the South Iredell Industrial Park of Mooresville, NC, NGK Ceramics USA is a subsidiary of Japan-based parent company NGK Insulators, Ltd.

NGK Ceramics USA produces HoneyCeram, a honeycomb ceramics part that is used in automobile catalytic converters. This part is also manufactured in sister facilities in Japan, Belgium, Poland, Indonesia, South Africa, Mexico and China.

Over the course of 30 years and 15 site expansions, with 900 current employees, NGK Ceramics USA is holding strong.

What The President Has To Say

NGK Ceramics USA’s president Mr. Steve Dailey was interviewed by the Mooresville Tribune for this special milestone. Steve Dailey was present when the doors of NGK opened in 1988. Here’s what he had to say about the site’s 30th anniversary.

“Dailey said that he, along with the human resources manager at the time, Butch Adams; and Scott Hirata, the previous NGK president, all met at the front door when the company opened and turned the key together at the former Armitage Shanks plant, which manufactured bathroom fixtures and supplies.”

“The location has lent itself well to our production and processes” Dailey stated. “We’ve also grown a lot since we first started. I was one of the first three people here, and now I believe we’re the largest manufacturing employer in Iredell County.”

“We started out so small as a company that we were like family and knew everyone’s names. Now that we’ve grown, we still try to keep that family-friendly atmosphere.”

President Steve Dailey to the Mooresville Tribune

Dailey told the Mooresville Tribune that even though 30 years sounds like a long time, “it went by really quickly” and “it’s been a great company to work for. I’ve had a lot of freedom to take my ideas and run with them, and we’ve got a good bunch of folks here.”

He added that manufacturing the HoneyCeram takes “a lot of science, and a lot of craftsmanship. There’s really an art to it.”

NGK Ceramics USA is responsible for providing about 70 percent of the raw materials needed to produce NGK products at the company’s sister sites.

Dailey also told the Mooresville Tribune that he believes that with the popularity of electric cars on the rise, there’s a chance the U.S. subsidiary could start manufacturing a gasoline particulate filter that has become popular in Europe as well as China.

Although the U.S. “hasn’t quite embraced it yet” Dailey said, “by 2025, that will probably be our next step.”

He also expects production to become more automated in the near future, which he said would give employees a chance to learn new skills in the robotics field.

Dailey thanked the town of Mooresville for being so supportive of the business. “We have a great relationship with the town, and we really appreciate all of their help behind the scenes to make our expansions and growth possible,” he said.

Read the original article from the Mooresville Tribune

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NGK Ceramics USA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Over the course of 30 years and 15 site expansions, with 900 current employees, NGK Ceramics USA is holding strong.