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Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of New US Corporate Headquarters
August 1, 2018
NEWNAN, GA — Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc.(HCMA) celebrated the grand opening of their new U.S. corporate headquarters in Newnan this June, with employees, local dignitaries, business partners and members of the media.
The celebration featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, traditional Japanese Sakura Ceremony, Kagami-biraki Ceremony, presentations from visiting guests from Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM), factory and headquarters tours and a traditional southern barbecue lunch.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by Kotaro Hirano, President at HCM Japan, Masaaki Hirose, President at HCMA and Al Smith, Coweta County Commission Chairman also included two of the longest serving employees, Claude Smith (Newnan Facility) and Ray Guerra (Kennesaw headquarters).
The new facility represents a $4 million investment by HCM to HCMA. The initial phase consists of the new headquarters facility at 12,291 square feet, a new training facility at 3,600 square feet, the training facility offices and administration at 5,084 square feet and a future storage building at 21,421 square feet. This investment represents the foundation to support the anticipated market expansion of Hitachi Wheel Loaders in the North American market. The investment also represents the confidence HCM has in the HCMA organization and the distribution network. Anticipating future growth, HCMA expects to triple their market share in the next five years.
The Sakura Ceremony, the planting of the cherry tree, represents a living legacy and testament to the new business in anticipation of growth and strength. It is particularly appropriate as it has only been since January 1, 2018 that HCMA commenced business following a three-year transition from KCMA Corporation. The Sakura Ceremony was conducted by Hirano, Smith and John Michalewicz, Senior Manager of Manufacturing at HCMA.
The Kagami-biraki Ceremony concluded the ceremonies with Hirano and Michalewicz breaking open the sake barrel, and two of the longest serving employees, Jami Wall (Newnan facility) and Sue Smith (Kennesaw headquarters), serving the sake. Hirano toasted the attendees, earning a standing ovation from all 140 employees and local dignitaries. Following a traditional southern BBQ lunch, Hirose made the closing remarks, reiterating HCMA's appreciation of the support from HCM and the bright future ahead of Hitachi Wheel Loaders in North America.
"[This is] a new beginning of a long tradition of value, service and dedication," said David Agan, Vice President of Corporate. "The introduction of the Hitachi branded loaders and the new HCMA headquarters exhibits the Hitachi commitment to the foundation of our business, our customers, our dealers and our employees."