Our History: Timeline of Events 会社沿革:イベントタイムライン

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_11990 - DEUS Headquarters - Dundee, Michigan

    Nobu Hashimoto (left) was the first president of DEUS (Diamond Electric United States). In this 1990 photograph, he stands with Rick Bost, former General Manager of DEMCO, in front of a sign announcing the location of the former DEUS headquarters in Dundee, Michigan.

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_2Sept 1992 - Grand Opening at Dundee

    Michigan and local Dundee officials joined the late Shigeji Ikenaga (pictured second from left), founder and former Chairman/President of Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation, Ltd., and his son, Shigehiko Ikenaga (far left), the former DEMCO and DEJP president, on September 29, 1992, for a grand opening ceremony at the Dundee location.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_3Sept 1992 - Memory Tree

    Company, Michigan and local Dundee officials planted a memory tree on September 29, 1992, following the grand opening ceremony for Diamond Electric's Dundee location.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_4Mar 1996 - Visit to Eleanor Industrial Park

    Former DEJP and DEUS President Shigehiko Ikenaga (right) and William Turner, formerly with the West Virginia Development Office, visited the Eleanor Industrial Park location in March, 1996, just prior to the official ground-breaking ceremony in April, 1996.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_5Apr 1996 - Groundbreaking at Eleanor Industrial Park

    Former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton (right) is greeted by the late Diamond Electric founder, Shigeji Ikenaga, as the Governor arrives for the April 9, 1996, groundbreaking ceremony at the Eleanor Industrial Park in Eleanor, West Virginia.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_6Apr 9, 1996 Eleanor Groundbreaking

    Former Governor Gaston Caperton congratulates the late Shigeji Ikenaga (left) following the official ground-breaking ceremony for the Diamond Electric West Virginia (DEWV) plant  on April 9, 1996.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_7May 1997 Ignition Coil Production DEWV

    Former Governor Cecil Underwood (right) helped Diamond Electric celebrate the start of mass ignition coil production at the Diamond Electric West Virginia plant in May 1997. Former President Shigehiko Ikenaga (left) and Lloyd Ayers explained the production process to Governor Caperton. Lloyd was the first team member hired by Diamond Electric in West Virginia, and he is still employed there. He currently is General Manager of Production.

  • DE_blue_duotone_8May 1997 - Original DEWV Management Team

    The original Diamond Electric West Virginia management team gathered in May 1997 for a photograph with Shigeji and Shigehiko Ikenaga. Three members of the original management team still call Diamond Electric home, and they are Lloyd Ayers (fourth from the left), Jeff Schott (sixth from the left) and Bo Allen (seventh from the left).

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_9Oct 1997 - First DEWV Employee Picnic

    This photo was taken October 5, 1997, when the first Diamond Electric West Virginia employees enjoyed a company-sponsored picnic lunch.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_10_revisedMay 1998 DEWV Grand Opening

    Diamond Electric U.S. celebrated the grand opening of its Eleanor, West Virginia, plant on May 1, 1998. Former U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller (seated at far right) was the guest speaker along with former West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood. Here, former company officials present former Eleanor Mayor John Harris (standing at right) with a $10,000 check for the town council to use to purchase playground equipment at the Eleanor Park.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_11Feb 2002 - Groundbreaking first Eleanor Expansion

    Former U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise and Eleanor Mayor Walter (Fred) Halstead helped former Diamond Electric U.S. (DEUS) President Tatsuo Ikenaga (center) and DEUS Production General Manager Lloyd Ayers break ground on February 19, 2001, for the first expansion of the DEUS plant at the Eleanor Industrial Park in Eleanor, West Virginia.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_12Feb 19, 2002 - DEWV First Expansion - Daruma Doll

    Painting the eyes of a Daruma Doll is a Japanese custom. Here former Governor Bob Wise starts the process while now retired U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller and Eleanor Mayor Walter (Fred) Halstead watch during the February 19, 2002, groundbreaking ceremony for the first expansion of the Eleanor, West Virginia, plant. One eye is painted when a project is started, and the second eye is painted when the project is completed.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_132004 - President's Product Quality Award from Subaru

    Diamond Electric has been recognized for many quality and product delivery awards from all of the major automotive manufacturers during its 20-plus years in the U.S. In 2004, Diamond Electric United States (DEUS) was presented the President's Product Quality Award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA). Accepting the award was former DEUS President Tatsuo Ikenaga (right) and Steve Carpenter of the DEUS Purchasing Department. Mr. Carpenter currently is the longest-serving Diamond Electric employee in the U.S. He was hired when the company first opened in Dundee, Michigan.

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_14Sept 2015 - PCDA Award

    Diamond Electric U.S. was named the Putnam County Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2005 by West Virginia's Putnam County Development Authority (PCDA), receiving recognition for its outstanding local support of community activities. The late Gary Walton, then President and Executive Director of the PCDA, presented the award to Tatsuo Ikenaga with the help of Ben Vest (right) and Bob Pennington (left).

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_15Jul 2006 - Daruma Doll - 10th Anniversary Celebration

    The late Shigeji Ikenaga adds his touch July 31, 2006, to the Japanese Daruma Doll during the company's 10th Anniversary celebration, which also  served as the grand opening for expansion projects at the Eleanor, West Virginia, plant. See more about the 10th Anniversary celebration and grand opening by advancing to the next frame.

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_16Jul 2006 - 10th Anniversary 2 - Check Presentation

    As part of the Diamond Electric U.S. 10th year anniversary and grand opening celebration, President Tatsuo Ikenaga presented a $10,000 check to Eleanor Mayor Walter (Fred) Halstead for community project use. See more about the 10th Anniversary celebration and grand opening by advancing to the next frame.  

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_17Jul 2006 - 10th Anniversary - Check Presentation 3

    As part of the Diamond Electric U.S. 10th year anniversary and grand opening celebration, President Tatsuo Ikenaga also presented a $10,000 check to the George Washington Middle School Principal and Librarian for use in a school library expansion project. See more about the 10th Anniversary celebration and grand opening by advancing to the next frame.    

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_18July 31, 2006 - Chairman Ikenaga honored by state, area, local leaders

    July 31, 2006, was a special day for Diamond Electric when the company celebrated its 10th anniversary in West Virginia and also celebrated a grand opening for several successive expansion projects. The late Diamond Electric Japan President and Chairman Shigehi Ikenaga was honored by national, state and local leaders.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_19July 31, 2006 - Chairman Ikenaga / Joe Manchin

    July 31, 2006, was declared Shigeji Ikenaga Day in Eleanor, West Virginia, and then Governor Joe Manchin, now a U.S. Senator, named Mr. Ikenaga an Honorary West Virginian. This award is given to individuals who are not born in the state, but make significant contributions to West Virginia. At the time, Mr. Ikenaga was the first foreign person to receive the recognition. For more information about the 10th Anniversary celebration and grand opening, advance to the next slide.

  • DE_duotone_images_450x403_20July 31, 2006 - Chairman Ikenaga / Shelly Moore Capito

    July 31, 2006, was a special day for Diamond Electric when the company celebrated its 10th anniversary in West Virginia and also celebrated a grand opening for several successive expansion projects. The late Diamond Electric Japan President and Chairman Shigeji Ikenaga was honored  during the celebration by national, state and local leaders. Pictured here, then Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito, who is now a U.S. Senator, recognized Mr. Ikenaga for his success. For more information about the 10th Anniversary celebration and grand opening celebration, advance to the next slide.

  • DE_blue_duotone_450x403_21July 31, 2006 - Senator Rockefeller

    On July 31, 2006, the late Diamond Electric Japan President and Chairman Shigeji Ikenaga, received recognition from national, state and local leaders, including now retired U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, who presented Mr. Ikenaga with special U.S. Senate recognition.

  • entrance_blueDec 2014 - WV becomes U.S. Headquarters

    Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, among others, gathered at the West Virginia State Capitol on Dec. 15, 2014 to announce Diamond Electric's plan to move  its United States headquarters to Eleanor, West Virginia. The move consolidated the automotive main U.S. office in Dundee, Michigan, with the Eleanor, West Virginia, operation, which was already Diamond Electric's largest production facility in the world.

  • DE_blue_duotoneMichiganSalesOfficeApr-2015 Ann Arbor Sales Office

    Diamond Electric moved the Michigan sales office from Dundee, Michigan, to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • DE_MichiganMap450x403February 2016 Novi, Michigan Sales Office

    In February 2016, Diamond Electric opened a second sales office in Novi, Michigan to improve and expedite our response time to customers.