ANDERSON – Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. will be leading a delegation of local officials on a trip to Japan starting Friday.
Broderick will be joined by Greg Winkler, executive director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, and Rob Sparks, executive director of the Madison County Corporation for Economic Development. Ayako Girt, business development specialist for the Anderson Economic Development Department, will also make the trip.
The group leaves Anderson on Friday. Broderick and Winkler will return on Oct. 18, with Sparks and Girt returning on Oct. 20 after meeting with the owners of ELSA Corp. in Elwood.
“The city of Anderson has been quite successful in attracting and securing foreign companies into our community, which have brought advanced manufacturing and good-paying jobs,” Broderick said. “In order to continue this process, it is important that we keep up our efforts at building relationships that promote Anderson and that lead to continued economic growth.”
The group will be meeting with NTN Driveshaft, NTK Precision Axle, GTI, Hitachi Transport, Keihin, Maeda Corp. and Moriroku.
“We believe, because of our continuing relationship, the prospect of future investments and growth within these companies continue to be a realistic goal,” Broderick said. “It is clear that Japan appreciates being able to do business where a relationship of trust exists.”
There are currently nine companies operating in Anderson and Madison County from foreign countries.
“We are generally following up with companies that have made investments in Anderson and Madison County,” Sparks said. “We want to thank them for their investment and discuss potential projects.”
Sparks said the trip is to reinforce the relationship with Japanese based companies that have made investments in Anderson and Madison County.
“We want to know if there are any issues to be resolved for any potential future expansion,” he said.
Sparks said the Corporation for Economic Development is paying his expenses.
The same group traveled to Japan in May 2017 and met with seven companies headquartered in Japan. Officials met with officials from NTN Driveshaft, NTK Precision Axle, GTI and Hitachi Transport, which owns Carter Express.
In April, 2017 the mayor traveled to Italy and met with Techno-Plas, Italpollina and Sirmax officials, all of whom have a presence in Anderson.