Gov. Steve Beshear and company officials from Taica North America Corp. have announced its plans to locate a manufacturing facility in Winchester, KY. The Japanese maker of shock absorbing materials and three-dimensional decoration technology will create 30 new full-time jobs and invest more than $8 million in the project.
Gov. Beshear met with Taica officials during a seven-day economic development trip to Taiwan and Japan in May. The goal of the Japan portion of the trip was to strengthen existing relationships with Kentucky-based Japanese companies, while also creating new opportunities, further enhancing Kentucky’s ties with the Japanese business community.
Japanese-owned companies already operate more than 150 facilities in Kentucky and provide more than 34,000 full-time jobs. Additionally, Kentucky has the second-highest Japanese foreign direct investment on a per capita basis.
“Relationships are such a vital part of economic development, and that is why I am so pleased to know that our efforts to build a partnership with Taica have been successful,” Gov. Beshear said. “The location of this manufacturing facility in Winchester will only amplify the state’s strong base of Japanese-owned companies. I congratulate Winchester and Clark County officials and join them in welcoming Taica to Kentucky.”
Taica Corp. manufactures shock absorbing materials, vibration damping materials, and heat conductive materials, as well as three-dimensional decoration technology called “CUBIC PRINTING” and “E-CUBIC.”
Taica North America Corp. will utilize the proprietary technology of E-CUBIC, a process that utilizes specialized film to transfer printed patterns onto three-dimensional objects such as automotive parts, sports equipment and furniture. The new plant at the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Park will be operational by the end of this year.
“We are excited about the new business opportunity we are able to pursue thanks to the support of the Governor and his team,” said Taica Corp. Chairman and CEO Tsuyoshi Suzuki.