“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.”
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.
“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.
“We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, its government and people,” said Taica Corp. Managing Director and COO Taito Suzuki.
Taica Corp. was founded in 1948 in Shizuoka, Japan, and manufactures shock absorbing material/components, vibration damping material/components, 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 using specialized film to transfer printed patterns onto three-dimensional objects such as automotive parts, sports equipment and furniture. The plant is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
To encourage the investment and job growth in Winchester, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
*“CUBIC PRINTING” and “E-CUBIC” are trademarks of Taica Corp., registered in Japan and/or other countries.
For more information on Taica, visit www.taica.co.jp/english/.
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