Gray Celebrates the Grand Opening of the New Hi-Tech Color North American Operation
- LocationOdenton, MD
- Square Footage37,500 s.f.
- Operational18 months
Gray, a leading design-build firm recognized for its engineering, architecture and construction expertise, is excited to commemorate the opening of the new Hi-Tech Color manufacturing facility in Odenton, Maryland.
The new two-story, specialty coatings and gravure printing inks plant enables Hi-Tech Color to double its production capacity in the North American market and continue producing the same high-quality products.
“Having worked with Japanese customers for more than 40 years, we’ve enjoyed working closely with Hi-Tech Color to understand and replicate the capabilities of their Japanese plant,” says Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray. “We wish you the very best as you continue to grow your presence in the U.S.”
The 37,500 s.f. manufacturing operation required extensive engineering and design to mirror Hi-Tech Color’s existing production process in Japan.
“This expansion will enable us to increase the purchasing of these materials in North America dramatically,” said Mr. Yoshio Motokawa, president of Hi-Tech Color, Inc. “This means our operation is moving forward as a ‘Domestic Source,’ which will allow us to maintain a more reliable relationship with our customers.”
“Our goal is to be a stronger company in the state of Maryland in the United States of America with good cooperation with our parent company in Japan,” he added.
The grand opening included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks from Terry Weaver, plant manager of Hi-Tech Color, Inc.; Phil Seale, executive vice president at Gray; Mr. Koji Takahashi, president and representative director of Dainichiseika Color and Chemicals Mfg Co., Ltd.; Mr. Shigemi Ando, counselor of the Embassy of Japan; Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Commerce; Mr. Isamu Wakamatsu, executive director of Jetro New York; Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel county executive; and Mr. Yoshio Motokawa, president of Hi- Tech Color, Inc.
Guests consisted of local government officials, partners and friends.
Gray is a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution and commercial facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are under way or recently completed including: a new, highly automated retail fulfillment center for Amazon.com in Bessemer, Ala.; custom-fitted NorthStar Kitchens for Champion in Alberta, Canada; a new paint shop for Volvo Car US Operations Inc. in Ridgeville, S.C.; the first U.S. manufacturing operation for Hanwha Q CELLS in Dalton, Ga.; and a state-of-the-art facility for Kraft Heinz in Davenport, Iowa, named Food Engineering Magazine’s 2018 Plant of the Year.
About Hi-Tech Color
Hi-Tech Color, Inc. was established in 1988 in Odenton Maryland. It manufactures specialty coatings for automotive interiors and gravure printing inks markets. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dainichiseika Color and Chemicals Mfg Co. LTD headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
For more information, visit http://www.htcolor.com/.
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