September 26, 2016
Newman Technology Inc. celebrated its 15-year presence in South Carolina with an anniversary ceremony at its location in Aiken on Monday.
The South Carolina facility is one of three plants in North America that makes up the North American Group of Sankei Giken. According to the company, for more than 25 years, Newman Technology has produced parts for the motor vehicle market.
Newman Technology South Carolina, or NTSC, was incorporated in 2000 to supply products to Honda of Alabama and Honda of South Carolina.
It currently makes ATV and Side-by-Side products for Honda of South Carolina, Suzuki of America, Honda Power Equipment and Komatsu and began focusing on the Side-by-Side market since Newman Technology Alabama was established in 2013.
The company celebrated the anniversary with company representatives, its employees and local leaders during a lunch, tour of the facility and brief ceremony.
Newman Technology President Takuji Shimizu spoke during the ceremony and thanked those in attendance, including associates and past presidents, for their hard work and support.
Speakers also included Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young and President and CEO of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce David Jameson.
Young congratulated the company on behalf of Aiken County Council, calling 15 years a “milestone,” with Jameson echoing similar sentiments.
“We like to see parts of our community grow and prosper and that’s exactly what has happened,” Jameson said. “I thought about, as I did the plant tour today, (people) are enjoying these products around the world. That must be of much gratification to you.”
Jameson also recognized the number of employees who have been there all 15 years. The Economic Development Partnership of Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda counties website states the facility employees 150.
Other local leaders joining Newman Technology representatives Monday were EDP President and CEO Will Williams and Aiken Electric Cooperative’s Bill Inman, vice president of strategic services, and Kenny Brown, manager of key accounts and government relations. Plant Manager Tom Bader spoke briefly Monday on the company’s history and his time there.
“NTSC has a very bright future. Our quality and delivery are improving,” Bader said, adding the company has made investments in the building and will work on a couple of projects in the coming year
“I believe if we continue to improve and move forward, we can do this in another 15 years.”