Japanese company to open first North American operation in Charleston

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 at 11:37 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A new company will open in Kanawha County and bring more jobs to the area.

JPN Precision announced this week its opening its first North American operation and the company’s US headquarters will be based in Charleston.

JPN Precision’s initial sales and design office will be located in the Charleston Area Alliance business incubator. There's no word on how many jobs will be created.

“We are pleased to welcome JPN Precision to Kanawha County," Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy said. "We will continue to partner with the Alliance, Governor's Office and West Virginia Development Office on attracting diversified investments to our county."

JPN Precision is a family-owned business. The precision manufacturing company is based in Nagoya, Japan.

The Charleston Area Alliance, along with the Governor's Office, first met JPN Precision officials at an industry trade show in May 2015.

"With the support of Alliance members and private-public partnerships, we can continue to make investments in our region a reality. Our Vice President of Economic Development, Justin Gaull, has been working with JPN Precision throughout its due diligence phase," Charleston Area Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard said. "It's been a great collaborative effort working with JPN Precision, the Governor's Office and the West Virginia Development Office."

West Virginia will now have 21 Japanese companies that have invested in the state. The only country with more businesses in West Virginia is Germany, with 26 companies.

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