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Growing Okabe and OCM Celebrate Grand Breaking for New Facility

Okabe Company, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of construction-material maker Okabe Co., LTD in Japan, and its brother company OCM, Inc. held a grand breaking ceremony on June 27 for their new office and distribution center.

The site is located in Grayslake in Lake County, near the corner of E. Peterson Road and N. Midlothian Road. The two companies are going to build 130,000 square feet building on the 21.85 acre site. The decision came in response to their expanded operations and subsequent increase of shipping volume. The building design is capable of expanding its space by three times in the future. It will be completed by December this year.

The ceremony’s guests and attendees were Consul General Naoki Ito, Secretary General Tetsuo Mitani of JCCC, Trustee Shawn Vogel of the Village of Grayslake, President Makoto Hirowatari of Okabe Co. LTD. in Japan, President Junya Inoue of Okabe Co., Inc., President Andy Cramer of OCM, Inc. and prominent leaders from the construction project team.

In his greeting remarks, Makoto Hirowatari said that the Okabe Group celebrated its 100th anniversary last April, and started its business in North America 40 years ago. The Okabe Co., Inc. has become a leading wholesaler in the North American truck fastener market.

On the other hand, OCM, founded in 2002, has expanded its operations into the construction business field, which accounts for the biggest part of Okabe Group. “Because of its strategic selection of the products and distribution service, OCM has been growing dramatically and become a symbol of growth in Okabe Group,” Hirowatari said.

Consul General Naoki Ito congratulated Okabe’s advancement and said, “I’m pleased to see that Okabe Company is the first Japanese company created in Grayslake and has broadened the lead of Japanese enterprises in this area.”

As a part of his job, Ito has encouraged new Japanese direct investments to come to Illinois and the Midwest. “It is so important because it further boosts our regional economy partnership through more jobs as well as increase cooperation at the state and local levels,” he said.

According to Ito, about 630 Japanese business facilities in Illinois have created 44,000 high skilled and high paid positions.

Trustee Shawn Vogel welcomed Okabe and OCM to the Village of Grayslake, which has worked for development of the village land along Peterson Road. He said that the two companies acquired 21.85 acres in the 60-acre zone of the first phase of the village development.

According to Vogel, Okabe and OCM invested over $14-million and will employ 50 to 60 people from the local community in the future.


Okabe Company, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of construction-material maker Okabe Co., LTD in Japan, and its brother company OCM, Inc. held a grand breaking ceremony on June 27.