Miura America Celebrates 30 Years of Manufacturing in North America
Miura America Co., Ltd. celebrates 30 years in business as North America’s leading manufacturer of the world’s most efficient, safe, and reliable boiler systems.
To mark this important milestone, honored guests, employees, vendors, representative partners, and members of Miura’s distribution network were invited to enjoy a 30th anniversary luncheon at Canoe Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia on May 24, 2017.
Set along the breezy banks of the Chattahoochee River, the anniversary event featured words from several distinguished speakers, including Mr. Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta; Mr. Scott McMurray, Division Director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; and Mr. Yuji Takahashi, Chairman of Miura Co., Ltd.
Miura America opened the doors of its first manufacturing facility on May 28, 1987, in the city of Brantford, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A few years later in 1991, Miura America opened sales offices in Chicago and Los Angeles to better meet the needs of the growing U.S. market area. In 2009, a brand new U.S. manufacturing facility opened its doors in the city of Rockmart, Georgia. Located just an hour outside of Atlanta in Polk County, the Rockmart facility is responsible for manufacturing Miura’s LX boiler series, which meets lower NOx standards, reduces maintenance and monitoring needs, and does not require as much physical space.
As the official representative of the Japanese government in the Southeast U.S., Consul-General Shinozuka recognized the importance of Miura’s Rockmart facility in strengthening the economic and cultural relations between Japan and the state of Georgia: “Miura stands out as a leader for factory safety and security standards, [and] with over 100 employees in Georgia, Miura provides a huge economic value to the local economy.”
McMurray further illustrated the special relationship between Miura and the state of Georgia by recounting the story of how he, in his former role as a project manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, assisted the company in choosing Rockmart, Georgia as the site of their U.S. factory.
“Miura was looking for a community that had good labor, good logistics, good incentives, and great leadership,” McMurray explains. “We found all of that in Polk County, and when we showed Miura the beautiful spec building that was there in Rockmart, all of the pieces came together to make this a truly successful project for both the community, the state, and the company.”
The 30-year success of Miura America is bolstered by its Japan-based parent company, Miura Co., Ltd., which was founded in the city of Matsuyama in 1959.
“Compact once-through boilers were born at Miura Japan,” Yuji Takahashi, Chair of Miura Co., Ltd, reflects in his speech. “Almost 95 percent of industrial boilers manufactured in Japan are once-through boilers, [and] Miura now has factories not only in US and Canada but in Korea, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, and Brazil.”
Even as Miura America reflects on the past 30 years of innovation and success, the company is already looking ahead to a future that is safer and more energy-efficient.
“I believe our greatest milestones are yet to come, highlighted by our goal and focus on becoming the number one boiler manufacturer in the world,” remarks Doug MacMaster, Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations at Miura America Co., Ltd.
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