A strong show of support was present Tuesday as officials of HIROTEC Group joined with local leaders at Runway Centre in southern Lincoln County for a ceremonial groundbreaking of a 138,000-square-foot manufacturing facility scheduled to begin production in 2021.
“We know this is a long-term partnership, and we’re very excited to see what we can all do together,” said Bernie Sinz, vice president of HIROTEC Manufacturing America and a new resident of Fayetteville, as ceremonies got underway. “Today’s event marks a special accomplishment for HIROTEC Group companies ... This location in Lincoln County marks our first exhaust and stamping production division inside the United States, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to locate here.”
Also speaking were State Sen. Shane Reeves; Eiji Takeguchi, a director of HIROTEC; Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman; and Kazuhiro Matsumura, president of HIROTEC Manufacturing America, LLC.
“We are thrilled to have HIROTEC locating in Lincoln County,” the senator said, recognizing State Reps. Pat Marsh and Rick Tillis, who were also present, as well as Elaine Middleton and members of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board, Mayor Newman and City Mayor Michael Whisenant. “You just do not find a better group of committed, hard-working people than those in this community ... Congratulations and welcome to Lincoln County.”
Takeguchi, who is responsible for this U.S. project, said the company’s main customers include Mazda, Toyota, General Motors and BMW, among others, adding that HIROTEC was founded in 1932 and is now in its 87th year of operations.
“The main purpose of this new production site is to deliver automotive components to Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA, which is currently under construction near Huntsville, Ala.,” he continued, noting that the company hopes to expand the facility to serve a wide range of new customers in the United States. “Thanks to the support of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board, we were able to obtain a large amount of land here, as you can see, and we intend to expand our business to include a bigger plant and more employees in the future.”
Located on 34 acres in Runway Centre, the plant now under construction represents a $48 million capital investment and over 100 new jobs for the area. The new state-of-the-art facility will also be expandable by another 138,000 square feet.
“While selecting and establishing this site, we have received an enormous amount of support from the State of Tennessee, Lincoln County and Fayetteville City,” said Takeguchi. “I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to everybody who was involved.
“This is just the beginning, and there are many tasks ahead of us, such as construction, and hiring and training,” he said. “I would like to ask all of you for your continued support during our future activities. Finally, I would convey a message from Norifumi Uno, president of HIROTEC Corp.: ‘Thank you for your support of the establishment of this new production site. It’s a memorable start of our automotive component production business in the United States ... Let’s work together for a prosperous future for both the community and the company.’”
“Welcome HIROTEC,” said Newman. “You are now family, and welcome ... When we recruit companies, we’re looking for character and that is displayed by the people already in your company, and we are looking forward for the people who are residents of our county and who will become a part of your company.
“We look at maintenance of lifestyle for our citizenry in companies like yours, companies that pay well and produce a product that is in need ... Your investment in our community, you deserve a return on your risk in your capital that you’ve put here, and we’re proud for that, and tax dollars will be returned for us to be able to continue to serve the citizenry and your company. Welcome to our family, now your family ... Thank you for finding us and allowing us to serve you as your new home.”
“HIROTEC’s philosophy and principles are made of three main ideas, sincerity, modesty and progress,” said Kazuhiro Matsumura, president of HIROTEC Manufacturing America. “These three principles are at the very heart of our company and are embodied by all HIROTEC employees.
“HIROTEC is also devoted to developing its most important resource, its people,” he continued, going on to say that the HIROTEC Group is comprised of 16 companies in eight countries, including 38 locations around the globe. “We are delighted to be able to call Fayetteville our home.
“So why did we choose Fayetteville?” Matsumura continued. “This was a very important decision, and it was based on many factors. The people of Fayetteville have shown us warmth and deep hospitality while luring our company to Fayetteville ... We believe Fayetteville shares many of our same values and principles.
“My dream is to help encourage and challenge the growth of our employees at HIROTEC to become a strong team, a family,” he added. “Soon this strong team, this family will be able to contribute to the community. I pray for the safe construction of our factory, the success of our business, and the good health and happiness of every man year today.”