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New and Expanding Japanese Company Recognition

Each year, the Alabama Department of Commerce releases the New and Expanding Industry Report containing information about new projects and capital investment across the state. This report can be found on the department's website, In 2019, Japan was a top country for foreign direct investment in Alabama, with 23 new projects, approximately 2,000 new jobs created, and over $983 million in investment. 

On December 2nd, 2020, JASA recognized these companies with a special virtual Year-End Celebration. Please enjoy a video recording of this event on the left!

The recognized companies are listed below in alphabetical order. Please contact us if you have questions about these companies. 

Alabama's 2019 New and Expanding Japanese Companies

CCI Manufacturing Corporation - Lawrence County, AL 

Project Type: New Investment

County: Lawrence

City: Trinity, AL 

Jobs Created: 18

Capital Investment: $21,560,000

CCI MANUAFACTURING ALABAMA CORPORATION is part of the international firm CCI CORPORATION headquartered in Gifu, Japan.

CCI is a Tier One Supplier to the Automotive OEM/OES Market and will expand its US operations to build a state-of-the-art production facility in Trinity, Alabama (Lawrence County).

The multi-million dollar investment will be a rail served facility and we will grow our workforce locally to support the new operations.

The high quality products that we will produce will include anti-freeze/coolant, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid.


Cullman Casting Corp. - Cullman County, AL

CCC is a state-of-the-art gray iron foundry located in Cullman, Alabama. A wholly owned subsidiary of North Vernon Industry Corporation, Cullman Casting utilizes V-Process molding for counterbalance products. We have received numerous supplier awards for Quality, Cost and Delivery.

Project includes:

  • Dust collector implementation in the prefinish department
  • Maintenance building constructed
  • Hydraulic upgrades to Furnaces A & B
  • Added LED lights throughout the facility

Find more information about Cullman Casting in a video here.

Project Type: Expansion

County: Cullman

City: Cullman, AL

Capital Investment: $311,230


Daikin America - Morgan County, AL

Project Type: Expansion (2 projects)

County: Morgan

City: Decatur

Jobs Created: 50

Capital Investment: $225,510,000

Daikin America was established in 1991 and today is the world’s foremost developer and manufacturer of fluorochemical products. While our foundation is global, our relationships are local. At Daikin America, our technical service and support staff in 30 locations in TX, FL, NY, CA, KY, MN, AL, MA are committed to meet your existing and future needs. We are your personal contacts and suppliers in the United States.

With concern for the global economy and environment, our commitment is to develop products that do more with less – less waste, less energy, less material – yet produce increased performance and greater longevity. Our advanced engineering and technical expertise is backed by experienced service and support. Better chemistry, easier process, higher performance – that’s Daikin America.

Daikyo Nishikawa US (DNUS) - Limestone County, AL

Project Type: New Investment

County: Limestone

City: Huntsville

Jobs Created: 391

Capital Investment: $111,150,000

The new factory will be built on the site of "Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc." (MTMUS), the joint-venture company of Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. DNC's new factory will produce large resin parts such as bumpers and instrument panels for vehicles manufactured at MTMUS. DNC aims to maximize its business opportunities by strengthening business relationships with major customers by setting up a new base in North America.


Hayashi Telempu North America (HTNA) - Walker County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Walker

City: Jasper

Jobs Created: 5


I-PEX - Lee County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Lee

City: Auburn

Jobs Created: 24

Capital Investment: $14,300,000

I-PEX offers a wide range of products and services through the development and manufacturing of connectors, sensors, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, in addition to offering contract manufacturing of automotive parts and precision molded products, and the supply of various manufacturing equipment.

The Company started an operation in Auburn in 2002 and is currently employing about 100 Alabamians. The 2019 project is an expansion for production for automotive industry for connectors and electronic components.


Kotobukiya Treves North America (KTNA)  - Jackson County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Jackson

City: Hollywood

Jobs Created: 50

Capital Investment: $5,600,000

Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. - Montgomery County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Montgomery

City: Montgomery

Capital Investment: $750,000

Mazda North America - Limestone County, AL

Project Type: New Investment (2 projects)

County: Limestone

City: Huntsville

Jobs Created:120

Capital Investment: $30,000,000

North American Lighting - Colbert County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Colbert

City: Muscle Shoals

Jobs Created: 60

Capital Investment: $7,000,000

North American Lighting, Inc., member of the Koito Group of Companies, is the largest Tier-1 automotive exterior lighting supplier in North America. As the market share leader for both headlamps and signal lamps, NAL provides lamp assemblies to almost all automotive manufacturers. In 2001, NAL became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koito Manufacturing Company.

NAL’s eight facilities in North America combined with the global network of Koito Group Companies, uniquely positions the company to offer world-class advanced lighting technologies to its North American customers.

In response to increasing auto production in the southern United States, NAL opened its Alabama manufacturing plant in 2007 to great success. The Signal & Forward Lighting Plant is NAL’s largest facility employing nearly 1,500 people in the 640,000-square-foot building.


Pharmavite, LLC - Lee County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Lee

City: Opelika

Jobs Created:18

Capital Investment: $8,910,500

Pharmavite LLC is part of the Japanese holding company Otsuka, a company that for the past 99 years has been a player in the global pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. Headquartered in the Los Angeles, CA. Area, Pharmavite is the proud maker of nature made, an established and widely recognized brand of vitamins and supplements in the United States.

In 2012, the company expanded its operations to include a greenfield site in Opelika, AL. The plant in Opelika produces softgels, tablets and gummies under the nature made and megafood brands.

With 400 employees, Opelika is the largest manufacturing site in Pharmavite. In 2019, the company invested to expand operations that included the installation of a 7th softgel line, and began producing all of the gummies for the megafood brand. In 2019 the plant arrived at a milestone of having 400 employees.


Sanoh America, Inc. - Jackson County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Jackson

City: Scottsboro

Jobs Created: 25

Capital Investment: $4,000,000


TK, LLC - Montgomery County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Montgomery

City: Pike Road

Capital Investment: $1,250,000


Topre America Corporation - Cullman County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Cullman

City: Cullman

Jobs Created: 50

Capital Investment: $85,894,000

Topre America Corporation is a Japanese owned industry leader in metal stamping and assembly technologies. We are a 3 shift Tier One Suppler to the Automotive Industry with 5 plants located in AL, MS TN, and OH. Our Corporate headquarters in Cullman, AL is our largest campus with just under 1,000 employees.

Topre America was able to secure business, building, and structural components for a new Nissan SUV. This program provided an additional 140 jobs to the community and we are excited to be involved with the SUV market.

TBAKI Toyota Boshoku AKI, LLC - Limestone County, AL

Project Type: New Investment

County: Limestone

City: Athens

Jobs Created: 400

Capital Investment: $60,000,000

TOYOTA BOSHOKU AKI USA, LLC is a joint venture company between Toyota Boshoku America, Inc. (TBA), which is the North & South America Regional Management & Collaboration Hub of Toyota Boshoku Japan, and AKI USA Corporation, which is the US joint venture between Delta Kogyo and Toyo Seat.

TOYOTA BOSHOKU AKI USA, LLC (TBAKI USA) was established to produce automotive seats for delivery to Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. and is scheduled to begin production in the latter half of 2021. The joint venture represents 60 million dollar in capital with the hiring plan of approximately 400 team members by start of production. Construction of our 400,000 square foot facility is complete and equipment installation is now progressing. We are proud to call Alabama our new sweet home.


Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama - Madison County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Madison

City: Huntsville

Jobs Created: 450

Capital Investment: $288,000,000

The expansion will increase production capacity to more than 900,000 engines annually and solidifies the plant as Toyota’s largest engine producer in North America.  

The Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association recently named Toyota Alabama as a 2020 Supplier of the Year. The award recognizes manufacturing suppliers for outstanding achievements in areas such as innovation, quality, safety and commitment to the community.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, located in Huntsville, began production in 2003 as the first Toyota plant outside of Japan to build V8 engines. Since then, the plant has expanded five times and is the only Toyota plant globally to produce 4- cylinder, V6 and V8 engines under one roof. 

The facility's most recent expansion, announced in March 2019, adds two new production lines and, upon completion, 450 new jobs with a total investment of $1.2 billion.


Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. - Limestone County, AL

Project Type: New Investment

County: Limestone

City: Huntsville

Jobs Created: 150

Capital Investment: $70,000,000

Toyota Tsusho America, together with their partners,  has three current projects in the Huntsville region: Madison Metal Processing, Green Metals, and Magnolia Automotive Services, LLC. Madison Metal Processing is their newest project and they are beginning the hiring phase now. 


Vuteq USA, Inc - Limestone County, AL

Project Type: New Investment

County: Limestone

City: Huntsville

Jobs Created: 200

Capital Investment: $65,700,000

Vuteq is a global company, founded in Japan in 1965. It has locations in Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and here in the United States, with multiple locations in Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, and Indiana. The above picture shows what the facility will look like upon completion. Construction is expected to be completed soon, with 350+ total jobs brought to Limestone County.


Yorozu Automotive Alabama - Walker County, AL

Project Type: Expansion

County: Walker

City: Jasper


Created: 50

Capital Investment: $4,000,000

Y-Tec Keylex Toyotetsu Alabama - Limestone County, AL

Project Type: New Investment

County: Limestone

City: Huntsville

Jobs Created: 650

Capital Investment: $222,000,000


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