Maybe it’s a bit of a gamble, but when you’re a winning slot machine manufacturer with big things on the horizon, you could say you have the house advantage. At least , that’s probably how Konami Gaming – a subsidiary of Japan-based Konami Corp. – is viewing their new 193,000-square-foot expansion, while renovating their existing 123,000-square-foot facility close to McCarran International Airport. When it’s all done, Konami will house a 316,000-square-foot complex that will be home to their corporate offices, sales center, and most importantly, their manufacturing and equipment facilities for the company’s North American and European casino clients.
IGT, Bally’s Technologies, WMS and Aristocrat: you better watch your backs; Konami is inching ahead. Analysts consider the company to be in this elite top-five grouping of slot machine makers, and with a few juicy new clients, Konami could be kicking derriere and taking names soon.
“What this project shows is the company’s commitment to the gaming industry and the opportunity we see for expansion and growth,” said Konami Gaming Senior Vice President Thomas Jingoli. “A facility of this size offers us the space we need for the three-to-five-year growth plan we have established for the company.”
New Hasbro Deal
That growth plan includes a licensing agreement with Hasbro Inc., whereby Konami will design and manufacture slot machines using the Dungeons & Dragons brand. The slot machines will include characters, stories and imaginary worlds found in the Dungeons & Dragons games.
“We’re clearly in a growth stage,” Jingoli said.
Good for Las Vegas
The Konami expansion is making the company popular with locals as well their domestic and foreign customers; the company will be adding to its current 400 person employee base and streamlining operations as it combines its satellite corporate office and a warehouse building in town. Moreover, the expansion – with an unpublicly announced project budget – is considered to be one of the biggest construction plans in Las Vegas right now. More than 300 workers are expected to have been employed on the new headquarters by the time it reaches its anticipated completion date of Summer 2015.