Sanko Gosei Technologies USA Inc. has broken into U.S. manufacturing, marking the opening of its new facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., with a traditional Kagami-Biraki ceremony.
The company's parent, Sanko Gosei Ltd., of Toyama, Japan, purchased the assets of automotive supplier Bhar Inc. on May 1 and spent months transforming the 100,000-square-foot facility into a custom molding plant.
“They kept the same employees and the same facility and put their stamp on it,” said Jeff Baker, vice president of sales for Sanko Gosei.
Laurence Tabner is the new CEO of the U.S. subsidiary.
The Kagami-Biraki ceremony, which translates in English to “opening the mirror,” is a 300-year-old Japanese tradition of cracking open a barrel to signify the start of a successful endeavor. Officials of the company used wooden mallets to crack open the top of a wooden sake barrel. Sanko Gosei President Kenso Kurodal, Senior Director Amen Kusumi and about 50 invited guests partook in the festivities.