Omedetoo Gozaimasu

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

Last Friday, we celebrated the new home of HIROTEC AMERICA.  Located in Auburn Hills since 1992, this new 216,000 sq. ft. facility, which is located in the Oakland Technology Industrial park, will house HIROTEC AMERICA’s Corporate Headquarters.

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HIROTEC AMERICA Chairman Katsu Uno and Mayor Kevin McDaniel

The ceremony included remarks from Governor Rick Snyder, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Mayor Kevin McDaniel and others acknowledging that this $22.8 million investment in a new state of the art facility will continue to keep Hirotec at the forefront of the manufacturing industry.

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Honorable Consul General Mitsuhiro Wada, Chairman Katsu Uno, Governor Snyder and James Toeniskoetter take part in Kagami-biraki, a traditional Japanese celebration

This event was special in many ways.  A tradition in the Japanese culture, Kagami-biraki, was incorporated into the event.  Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami-biraki literally means “opening the lid.” Because of the lid’s round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The kagami-biraki, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.

HIROTEC AMERICA could have located their headquarters anywhere in Southeast Michigan, so their decision to remain and expand in Auburn Hills is great news for our community.  We wish them good fortune.