Japanese-American relations remain strong as trans-Pacific ventures spur innovation and economic growth. Pioneering corporate partnerships are industry giants Toshiba, General Electric and Mitsubishi. The three formed the Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Corporation (TMEIC) in 2003 as a merger of two joint ventures, Toshiba GE Automation Systems Corporation and TMA Electric Corporation.
Since then, TMEIC has been leveraging Japanese and American expertise to develop technologies, products, and automation systems in industries, including oil and gas, mining, and solar power among others.
TMEIC’s commitment towards innovative technology and solutions can be seen in the Port of Virginia in Roanoke. The port is one of the country’s preferred cargo destinations and is currently undergoing a historic expansion project. TMEIC is supplying the project with locally developed industrial drives and crane control systems.
"We pride ourselves in developing innovation and technology solutions right here in Virginia,” said President Dale Guidry, “TMEIC is a success story of a Japanese company that contributes a lot to the local community.”
“The geography of innovation that is found in Roanoke is a big part of our agility as a company. Our employees who originate from more than 20 companies is also a testament that diversity and openness is crucial if we are to remain competitive. All these efforts and products are made in Virginia. Local talent from different industries fuel TMEIC as they continue to develop control systems that ensure the Port of Virginia operates safely, efficiently and quickly,” Guirdy added.