| Mar 14, 2013
Johnny Okura, President & CEO, Okura Yusoki, recently paid a visit to Columbia/Okura to meet with members of the JV as well as with management members of their partner, Columbia Machine, Inc. With growing business and challenges at home taking much of his attention, as well as Okura’s Sales and Manufacturing expansion activities in China, Johnny hasn’t had the ability to travel to the USA for a number of years. During his visit, Johnny acknowledged that he has been pleased with the ongoing performance of Columbia/Okura. Okura Yusoki likes to point to Columbia/Okura as a testament to a successful JV and a model for their businesses outside Japan.
Since it’s been a number of years since Johnny’s last visit, it gave us the opportunity to reflect on numerous facility and operational upgrades made since his last visit to the East Campus building. The upgrades include, but are not limited to the following highlights: New Exterior Paint, New Interior Paint (offices and factory), new lobby/visitor security system, New tile floor coverings throughout the building, New High Efficiency florescent lighting throughout the factory, New Parts Warehouse Mezzanine storage facility and upgraded Customer Demonstration Robotic Palletizing System. Johnny stated that he really likes the factory layout and our assembly/integration process.
Johnny’s visit also included a comprehensive tour through Columbia Machine as well. Like Columbia/Okura, Columbia Machine has made numerous facility improvements and manufacturing upgrades since Johnny’s last visit to the Vancouver campus. Johnny was very complimentary about all the improvements he saw at both facilities. He could tell that Continuous Improvement was very evident in the way both Columbia Machine and Columbia/Okura manage their businesses.
We always appreciate Johnny’s insight as well as his humor. As a departing comment, we asked Johnny to not let so much time pass before his next visit to Vancouver! We wish Johnny “good luck” with the balance of his journey.
Left-to-Right: Tomoaki Nampo -Resident Elect. Engineer, Brian Hutton - President Columbia/Okura LLC,
Johnny Okura - President, Okura Yusoki Co., Ltd, Rick Goode - President, Columbia Machine, Inc.