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Koyo Corporation of USA & Nakatetsu Machining Technologies Enter Into Option to Build Two New U.S. Manufacturing Facilities in Washington County, Tennessee

Governor Phil Bredesen, Washington County Mayor George Jaynes and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber, joined with Mr. Tsutomu Nemoto, President of Koyo Corporation of U.S.A and Mr. Syuji Nakano, President of Nakatetsu Company Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, in announcing decisions to option properties in the Washington County, Tennessee Industrial Park on Hwy. 11E between Johnson City and Jonesborough for the construction of two new manufacturing facilities.  Koyo Corporation of USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of JTEKT Corporation, will open its third bearing manufacturing plant in the USA.  The other new manufacturing facility will be a joint venture between Nakatetsu and Koyo.

Both Companies are involved in the manufacture of bearings for the auto industry and will bring approximately 150 new jobs to the area consisting primarily of machining, grinding, assembly, skilled trades and professional positions.

“This is excellent news for Tennessee and Washington County,” said Gov. Bredesen. “Attracting well-paying manufacturing jobs is an important part of our job creation strategy, and having those efforts embraced by an automotive industry leader like Koyo and Nakatetsu is a strong endorsement of Tennessee’s positive business climate.”

Koyo Corporation of USA’s General Manager Steve McCullough believes the new facilities will be an important step for both companies’ growing businesses.  Mr. McCullough stated,

  "Our preliminary selection of Washington County reflects our commitment to American manufacturing and the American worker.  Increased consumer demand for our products requires increased manufacturing capabilities to compliment our    other U.S plants and relationships.  Washington County meets our      needs with an experienced work force and an ideal logistical location plus the outstanding commitment and cooperation from the state, county, TVA, regional    utilities and the surrounding cities."

Koyo has enjoyed a long history in the United States, which began in the mid 1950’s.  In 1975, Koyo opened their Orangeburg, SC plant and began production of Tapered Roller Bearings and Ball Bearings.  By 1990, a second and third manufacturing plant were constructed at the Orangeburg location.  In 1995, Koyo established another manufacturing plant located in Blythewood, SC for the production of HUB Bearings.  The Blythewood plant has also been expanded and now is also a leader in the manufacturing of Ball and Taper HUB Units.

Koyo Seiko Co. LTD and Toyoda Machine Works merged on January 1, 2006 and created JTEKT Corporation.  JTEKT Corporation is a world leader in the production of Steering, Driveline, Bearings and Machine Tools.  JTEKT has Sales and Technical facilities in Westlake, OH and Detroit, MI and manufacturing plants in Orangeburg, Blythewood and Greenville, SC; Vonore and Morristown, TN; Daleville, VA; and Ennis, TX.

JTEKT Corporation is headquartered in Japan with head offices in Nagoya and Osaka.  Annual global sales are approx $10 Billion and employs 30,000 worldwide.  JTEKT (Koyo) is one of the world’s largest automotive component suppliers.  Koyo USA is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier to Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM, Daimler Chrysler, and BMW.
Nakatetsu Co. Ltd, headquartered in Osaka Japan was established in 1961.  Nakatetsu is a major supplier of forgings and turned components for the bearing industry.  Nakatetsu and JTEKT Japan have shared a long history in the bearing industry and have agreed to establish a joint venture in the USA.  Mr. Syuji Nakano, CEO of Nakatetsu Machining Technologies stated,

“This joint venture fits with our corporate strategy of growth in the automotive market.  After looking at many locations, we are excited about the possibility of locating our first manufacturing facility in Washington County.  We appreciate the time and effort spent by the state, county, TVA and many local agencies.  We are very confident that the work force surrounding Washington County will help us in establishing a world class operation and support our target for growth and expansion.”
Upon completion of the due diligence and PILOT agreement, both companies plan groundbreaking by the end of 2006 with sample production scheduled by the end of 2007.

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