Japan consul general visits Yokogawa in Coweta

by Clay Neely

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Representatives from Yokogawa and Coweta County met with the Atlanta-based Consul General of Japan Tuesday. From left are Hank Yamazaki, Mohamed Khalifa, Stan Mizuki, Consul General Kazuo Sunaga, Rich Westerfield, Leo Harlan, E. Jane Caraway - Georgia Department of Economic Development and Greg Wright – Coweta County Development Authority.


Kazou Sunaga, consul general of Japan in Atlanta, spent early Tuesday meeting with local community leaders and touring the Yokogawa facility in Shenandoah Industrial Park – marking his first visit to Coweta County.

“It was a great honor to have Consul General Sunaga to visit Yokogawa so we could welcome him to Georgia,” said Richard Westerfield, vice president of measurement and control at Yokogawa. “It also allowed us to explain all the products and services that Yokogawa provides to industries in North America.”

Westerfield said the visit was a great opportunity to show Sunaga how a company like Yokogawa is expanding and growing in North America, Georgia and Coweta County.

“While I knew that Yokogawa is a high technology company,” Sunaga said, “seeing is believing.”

In January, Yokogawa broke ground on its new 60,000-square-foot distribution facility expansion that will employ 215 new workers. The company expects to increase its full-time North American head count to more than 1,000 by 2015.

In 1980, The Yokogawa Corporation opened its fourth expansion in Coweta.

“An exceedingly large number of Japanese citizens and Japanese companies have made their new homes in our five-state jurisdiction of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia,” Sunaga said. “I believe that supporting these people and companies is one of the most important aspects of my job. In addition, I hope to contribute further to the strong bonds that Japan has with these five states.”



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