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Japanese plant breaks ground in Southport
NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —
By Steve Marschke
A groundbreaking in Southport on Thursday, Feb. 9, took on a notably Japanese flair.
Company officials from Nippon Shokken – a firm that produces Japanese seasonings and food products – joined local officials in a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of a new, 70,000-square foot factory at 2970 Ramco Street in the Southport Business Park.
Local dignitaries gathered in a tent at the spot. The festivities included an exchange of gifts between Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and company chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa, amid bows and smiles. Ozawa presented the mayor with several gifts, including a set of porcelain figures, and Cabaldon responded with presentation of a painting of the iconic Tower Bridge.
The mayor’s remarks – translated into Japanese for guests – included a compliment to the company and its products.
“I had the opportunity to be in Japan in December, and had the chance not only to try many of the Nippon Shokken products,” said Cabaldon, “but also to speak with local leaders and those in the country. I was not surprised to learn in Japan the deep honor and respect the leaders of Nippon Shokken hold with the people in Japan.”
Cabaldon also put in an endorsement for the flavor of the company’s products.
Through a translator, Chairman Ozawa said that one of the reasons his company chose the Southport site was a “bounty of quality water, which is essential for production of seasonings, and to have the utmost land of well-built infrastructure.”
[adrotate group=”9″] The new factory will help the company expand its U.S. presence. It expects to open in March, 2013, with a hundred employees and a production capacity of 2,400 tons per year – expanding to 300 workers by 2015.
“One of my favorite actions of Nippon Shokken was to identify two of our West Sacramento high school students who speak Japanese fluently,” said Cabaldon. The company then hired these two – and plan to train them in Japan to return and serve in management positions at the new West Sacramento plant.
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Food bank distributes free food today
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —
The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food in West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Feb. 21.
The schedule will be:
Starting at 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag, and attend only one site.
For info, call (530) 668-0690.
Japanese factory breaks ground in Southport
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB. 7, 2012 —
A Japanese food plant breaks ground in Southport on Thursday.
Nippon Shokken is the “top producer of Japanese blend seasonings in the world,” according to a City of West Sacramento press release. Construction is expected to finish next January.
The company makes seasonings, sauces and tempura mix.
The plant would be its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company has bought 10 acres at 2970 Ramco Street for the 70,000-square foot plant, which it plans to open next year.
The factory is expected to produce 2,400 tons of product annually to begin with, and up to 5,000 tons per year maximum. It has been projected to employ over 100 people in the $16 million plant, according to reports from announcements made a year ago, when the site was selected.
The Japanese firm also expects to move its U.S.A. headquarters from Torrance to West Sacramento.
Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa is expected to attend a ground-breaking at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9, joined by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan.
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Food bank to distribute free food
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER
The Food Bank of Yolo County will give away food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The schedule will be: 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd., West Sacramento; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr., West Sacramento; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse in Clarksburg.
Please bring a bag and attend only one site.
For information, call (530) 668-0690.
Need a little help? Try ‘Giveaway Day’
[adrotate group=”7″] The Yolo County Children’s Alliance will bring back the annual “Community Giveaway Day” on Sat., Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. “until supplies last” at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.
West Sacramento residents are invited to show up and receive some free household goods, clothes, food, toys and more (bring proof of address such as driver’s license or utility receipt). Co-sponsored by the school, St. Joseph’s Mobile Mall and the West Sacramento Grocery Outlet. For more info or to donate (food, gift certificates, merchandise or money), call 1-866-607-4030.
From the NEWS-LEDGER — Copyright News-Ledger 2011