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U.S. Great Lakes 2018
Mar 05, 2018

The strength of the U.S. economic heartland

Relations between the United States and Japan are at an all-time high. While most coverage is given to Japan's ties to the East and West coasts, the U.S. Midwest has remained a major participant in strengthening that relationship. A clear sign of that commitment was evident during the annual U.S. Midwest -Japan Conference held in Tokyo last September.

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

Aisin group's home court advantage

As more Japanese automotive suppliers head to the Hoosier State, AISIN Group has called Indiana home for nearly 30 years, giving it the advantage of local market knowledge. However, the past few years have not been without challenges for the global automotive industry....

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

Ryobi leads the OEM pack

Unlike its Japanese counterparts, Ryobi Die Casting ventured into the United States at the request of its “Detroit Three” American customers. The move allowed Ryobi to quickly build a reputation among U.S. original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as a trusted par...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

Making the right move to America

Founded in 2014, Fukai Toyotetsu Indiana Corp. (FTIC) may be a latecomer for a tier one automotive supplier, but it could not have come to the United States at a better time. In Japan, parent company Fukai Manufacturing supported Subaru's production for almost 80 years. ...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

A firm with a human face

While legal services are crucial to businesses, finding the right firm is more than about who gives the best rates. Barnes & Thornburg (BTLaw), among the largest law firms in the country, prides itself on going the extra mile for its clients.

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

Defying conventional wisdom

Southwest Central Indiana is unique for having no urban hub in the eight counties that make up the region. Completely rural, the manufacturing intensive area — called the Radius region — had no interstate access road until 2012, and was little known before then....

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

Selling the ideal base to Japanese

City of Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton was among the local government officials from Indiana who attended the U.S. Midwest-Japan Conference in Tokyo last September. While many other U.S. states were also represented, Indiana stood out because of the number of local lead...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Indiana
Mar 05, 2018

Rural, not remote

East Central Indiana is home to 18 of almost 300 Japanese companies operating in the state. Made up of 10 counties, the region has attracted several businesses because of its proximity to the state capital, Indianapolis, and three Japanese automotive assembly plants and t...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Avant Global
Mar 05, 2018

A cross-country adviser

Whether you're a Rust Belt manufacturer or a startup in the Windy City, building strategic relationships and expanding your company's ecosystem are crucial to its long-term growth. Since 1999, Avant Global, a U.S.-based business advisory firm, has helped billionaires, ...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Ohio
Mar 05, 2018

The history with Japan continues

Established in 1823, the City of St. Marys in Ohio is known as a leader in business development in Northwest Ohio. Its relationship with the Japanese city of Awaji started in the 1970's, when the first wave of Japanese companies set up operations in the area and employed ...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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