Sunstar Enhances Global Business with New Facility in Schaumburg
• The Sunstar Group opened its global oral care site
in Schaumberg, Illinois and hosted a grand opening ceremony on June 7
at the site.
• The newly opened facility is 302,000 square feet and is located on 80 acres of land in Schaumburg near the Roselle ramp of I-90. It accommodates offices, state-of-art manufacturing areas, R&D laboratories, and distribution spaces. In addition to toothbrush and pharmaceutical products, the facility enables the company to expand its product categories such as toothpastes, cosmetics, and other products to meet the growing global demand.
• In his opening remarks, Yoshihiro Kaneda, CEO of the
Sunstar Group, briefly talked about the company’s history.
• Dan Descary, Senior Executive Officer of the Sunstar
SA, who has been conversant with the importance of production capability
for business growth in his 38 year career, said, “We were really fortunate
that we were able to acquire this 80-acre site in Schaumburg. We are in
a very much better position today to succeed in the global business in
• Masakazu Nakamura, a member of the Board of Sunstar SA, brought Japanese traditional “Seven Gods” charms to inspire the seven board members of Sunstar Americas, Inc. to pay more attention to globalizing Sanstar’s seven global brands. Although the GUM brand has been well introduced in the global market, he said that the other six brands such as Butler and GUIDOR products had to be more globalized. “Change your mindset to move forward to the next stage for the Sunstar Americas, Inc.,” he said.
• Consul General odf Japan Toshiyuki Iwado congratulated
Sunstar and said, “Sunstar is a global Japanese company with a local presence.
It has succeeded in Illinois. From this beautiful corporate campus, Sunstar
can further expand its business while contributing to the state and local
• Mayor Al Larson welcomed Sunstar to the Village of
Schaumburg where more than 200 manufacturers including 60 plus Japanese
companies have built their facilities.
• Sean McCarthy, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce, thanked Sunstar for choosing to stay and grow in Illinois despite having several other options. He said that the Department of Commerce was happy to be a partner with Sunstar to assist with training of the workforce. “These jobs create new opportunities both in Schaumburg and the Chicago area, right here in Illinois,” McCarthy continued.
• Richard McMahon, President of Oral Care Company, made a toast to the future success of the Sunstar Group for generations to come; to Group Chairman Hiroo Kaneda, Group CEO Yoshihiro Kaneda and the people in the entire holding company for their leadership; to the advisors, consultants, contractors, and Sunstar employees for their dedication; and the state of Illinois, the Village of Schaumburg, and all the guests for their support. More than 200 guests raised square wooden cups of sake and cheered “Kampai.
Sunstar Group CEO Yoshihiro Kaneda (C) poses for a photo at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Consul General Toshiyuki Iwado (L), IDC Acting Director Sean McCarthy (L2), Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson (R), and Oral Care Company President Richard McMahon (R2)
Hiroo Kaneda, Chairman of the Sunstar Group, greets to the guests.
The guests and the company members at the opening ceremony