Marukan Grand Opening Event
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Marukan Vinegar celebrated the official Grand Opening of their new facility in Griffin, Georgia, located on 16.2 acres in the Lakes at Green Valley Industrial Park. The 77,000 square-foot facility is Marukan’s second facility located in the United States. The ceremony featured ribbon cutting by participating officials, plant tours, guest speakers, Kagami Biraki (Sake Barrel Breaking) and a reception with food, beverage, and a live musical performance by the Matsuriza Japanese Traditional Taiko Drummers.
Business and community leaders who supported and worked on the Marukan Project attended the Grand Opening Ceremony. Officials included: Kajima Building & Design President Shin Urano; Counsel-General of Japan in Atlanta Takashi Shinozuka; Marukan Vinegar Owner, Chairman, and CEO Denzaemon Sasada; Marukan Vinegar USA President Jon Tanklage; Georgia Department of Economic Development Division Director Scott McMurray; and Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Chairman Chuck Copeland.
Marukan Vinegar was established in 1649, and has over 360 years’ worth of experience in making vinegar. The company originated from a small family business, located in Western Japan, and has grown to a world-famous brand that specializes in producing 100 percent, organic rice vinegar with a legendary mildness of taste. The vinegars are slowly and naturally brewed, using a traditional technique that has been developed over three centuries of experience. Marukan believes utilizing century old traditional methods with a perfectionist mentality preserves the perfect vinegar product.
KBD Group & Marukan
Seeking to help business owners meet their business goals and achieve their dreams, KBD is proud and extremely pleased to have partnered with Marukan on this project. As a comprehensive solutions provider, offering a 'single source' approach to fully integrated planning, design, and construction services, KBD shared in the excitement of the Marukan family at the ceremony for the completed project. According to Chairman Denzaemon Sasada: “It has been my dream and vision to build Marukan’s second U.S. plant in the east. This location in Griffin is ideal for our natural brewing method and we are very excited to join many other quality Japanese companies who have found a new home in Georgia.”
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