TIJUANA, Mexico — Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Daikin Applied, today broke ground for the construction of a new energy-efficient manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico, to support the sustainable growth across North America of data centers.

The $121 million, 460,000-square-foot facility is expected to support more than 1,000 production jobs and more than 1,150 total new permanent jobs in northwest Mexico, a press release from Daikin said. This investment will expand on the established presence of Alliance Air and Daikin Applied in Tijuana as the company looks to support data center growth. Construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2025, with production ramping up in June 2025.

“We started manufacturing in Tijuana 20 years ago with 30 employees. We were just a startup. I’m proud to see this force of 1,000 team members who have become exceptionally talented in the design and production of energy-efficient, custom cooling solutions,” said Luis Plascencia, president and general manager of Alliance Air Products. “We look forward to expanding our role in the community, and bolstering our partnership with the Baja California government and local Tijuana leaders to make this new facility a reality.”

The facility is designed for maximum efficiency to meet the company’s — and customers’ — sustainability goals, the press release said.

“This is a critical moment for the HVAC industry to meet the demand for data-center cooling, which is increasing exponentially with trends and economic forces like artificial intelligence and insourcing manufacturing,” said Yu Nishiwaki, COO at Daikin Applied Americas. “Increasing our current capacity allows us to expedite delivery to help customers meet this demand. The combined talent and technology of Alliance Air and Daikin Applied creates a new level of energy efficiency to help customers meet aggressive sustainability goals.”

Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, the governor of Baja California, welcomed the investment, as it aligns with her goals for the state, the press release said. “Baja California emphasizes foreign investment attraction with innovation and well-paid jobs,” she said.