LOUIS—Automotive LED lighting manufacturer Diode Dynamics reported that its new 70,000-square-foot headquarters facility, currently under construction, is expected to open this fall.
The purpose-built facility, located on 10 acres in the Fountain Lakes development in St. Charles, includes a showroom, four drive-in garage bays, an electronics manufacturing area, and an engineering laboratory. Also included are a 30-foot warehouse and two-story office, according to a release from Diode Dynamics.
The project comes as Diode Dynamics is experiencing high demand for its products in the aftermarket LED lighting industry. To support its growth, the company needed to expand its manufacturing capacity. Diode Dynamics said it will move all of its existing employees from Earth City, Missouri, and plans to add 36 new positions over the next five years.
“We are thrilled to be constructing a new headquarters that’s custom-tailored to our needs,” said Diode Dynamics CEO and majority owner, Paul McCain, in the release. “This project will perfectly support our mission to design and manufacture automotive lighting products with the absolute best quality and performance possible, here in the USA.”
The project is financed by Bank of Franklin County and is supported by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the 504 loan program of the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Charles County, and the City of St. Charles, Missouri.
Diode Dynamics, established in 2008, is a privately-held designer, manufacturer, and distributor of automotive lighting products that are reported to include replacement LED bulbs, full LED assemblies, and unique lighting control modules.
“By directly manufacturing many of our products in St. Louis, Missouri, we are able to carefully control quality, while bringing unique items to market faster than the competition,” the company said on its website.