Capac Village President Mark Klug, Doug Alexander of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Kentaro Kato, pres. and CEO of Keihin, Shigeru Iwaki, president of Keihin’s Capac plant and Thomas Lake, sr. manager of Honda of America break ground at ceremony welcoming Keihin. photo by Catherine Minolli.
July 18, 2007
CAPAC — Close to 200 special guests and residents took part in Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony at the future Keihin Michigan Manufacturing plant site at Capac and Koehn roads.
As promised, Gov. Jennifer Granholm helped toss the ceremonial shovelful of dirt after addressing the crowds, congratulating both Keihin and the village.
Keihin President and CEO Kentaro Kato addresses crowd while Capac Village President Mark Klug and Governor Jennifer Granholm look on. photo by Catherine Minolli.
"We hope this is just the beginning," she said of Capac's growth and Keihin's expanding business in North America.
"We have a workforce that is second to none...we will make you competitive."
Granholm credits trips she and state officials have made to countries like Japan, where Keihin is based, and the assistance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for luring foreign investment.
Capac Village President Mark Klug and councilmembers Debbie Hlubic, Brandon Stringer, Liz Hargrave, Dan Donnellon, village manager Dennis Collison and councilmembers Bob Lumbardo and Larry Adams pose for groundbreaking photo with Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Thursday. photo by Catherine Minolli.
Following the groundbreaking, a new clock donated by Keihin to the village was unveiled in front of the village offices on Main St.
Keihin is the largest supplier to Honda in the United States. They plan to hire up to 260 employees at the Capac plant where more than 600,000 intake manifolds and 200,000 HVAC systems for Honda automobiles will be produced starting next spring.