An aerial photo of the Yorozu construction project on Whitehouse Road in Jasper. – Photo courtesy of David Knight/Walker County Development Authority
From Staff Reports
The Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA) holds an annual dinner each year to promote cultural exchange between the State of Alabama and Japanese companies that either currently call Alabama home or are expanding into the state. A Jasper project received a special recognition at the dinner.
Expansions and new projects, along with the local communities, are recognized at the annual event.
The Yorozu project, currently under construction in the Jasper Industrial Park, received special recognition and was the largest announced Japanese investment in Alabama for 2015 at $100 million. The project was also recognized as the largest job creation commitment in the state by a Japanese company for 2015 with 300 jobs announced.
Representatives from the Walker County Development Authority, Yorozu and HTNA participated in the event, which was recently held in Huntsville.
David Knight, executive director of the Walker County Development Authority, serves on the board of directors and the executive committee for the JASA. He said the recognition is a positive for the community.
“It has been a privilege to work with Yorozu on this massive project,” Knight said. “The recent recognition and statewide exposure the company and our community received at the annual JASA dinner helps mark Walker County as a serious contender for future projects. Yorozu is the fourth automotive supplier to call Walker County home and is proof that ‘We Can Do That’ is more than just a tagline; it's a commitment.”