Friday, May 15, 2015

YOKOHAMA RECEIVES TOP HONOR, MAKES DONATIONS AT EMCC INDUSTRY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON


MAYHEW – Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi stole the show Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s Industry Appreciation Luncheon.

The Japanese tire manufacturer, preparing to open its 1 million-square-foot Clay County factory this fall, received the Director’s Award, the event’s highest honor. YTMM President Tadaharu Yamamoto delivered a progress report on the plant – and checks for $250,000 to EMCC and Mississippi State University.

Other honorees included PACCAR Engine Company, which took home the Best Practices Award, and special recognition for Randy Kelly of The Mississippi Partnership, and Wanda Land, who is retiring from the Mississippi Development Authority.



“We need people with more than just the ability to work hard. We need people who can think and solve problems. And that’s what all the people in this room are working toward,” said Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president of EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering division.

In presenting YTMM with the Director’s Award for “the highest level of recognition through workforce training, demonstrating management excellence with superior outcomes, continuing to improve and build upon outstanding results and excellent systems and deploying world-class processes,” Shaunak said EMCC looks forward to a “very long relationship” with the company.

He said the $250,000 YTMM presented to EMCC will provide scholarships to eleventh and twelfth grade students to take MTE division credit courses, particularly in the recently added electro-mechanical and mechatronics programs, as well as manufacturing summer camps for sixth grade students.

“We need every business in this room, government as well as private business, to expose these students to real work environments,” said Shaunak.

Some of the money donated by YTMM will also be used to bolster manufacturing training at EMCC’s West Point Center.

During his progress report, Yamamoto said the YTMM plant should be operational sometime in October, producing about 1 million truck and bus tires per year with a staff of around 500 employees.


Explaining the rationale behind locating the YTMM plant in Clay County, Yamamoto said the company looked at 3,000 U.S. counties, including 116 in the Southeast, before settling on Clay County due to cost, available workforce, government incentives and “Southern hospitality.”

As of April, YTMM had hired 180 employees, with more than half having been trained at EMCC.

EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, who is retiring in June, took one final opportunity to brag about the Workforce Services team at EMCC, which worked in concert with the Golden Triangle Development LINK to bring Yokohama to Clay County.

“Our Workforce training team is among the best in the nation, without a doubt. And our success is the community’s success,” said Young.

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Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi received the Director’s Award Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Industry Appreciation Luncheon. Pictured from left are: Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president for EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division; Alan Easome, YTMM senior director of new plant development; Tadaharu Yamamoto, YTMM president; Dr. Rick Young, EMCC president; Osama Zushi, YTMM executive vice president of EVP manufacturing and technology; and Dennis Dorvilliers, YTMM engineering manager.

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PACCAR Engine Company received the Best Practices Award Award Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Industry Appreciation Luncheon. Pictured from left are EMCC President Dr. Rick Young, Jason Barlow, Kimberly Decker, Lance Walters, Scott Blue, Vil Jonekin, Luke Bozeman, EMCC vice president for the Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division Dr. Raj Shaunak and Lex Lemmers.

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Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi presented East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce Services Division a donation of $250,000 Wednesday during EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus Industry Appreciation Luncheon. The donation will be used to fund scholarships for local eleventh and twelfth grade students to take credit courses through EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division, manufacturing themed summer camps for local sixth grade students and to bolster manufacturing training at EMCC’s West Point Center. Pictured from left are: Dr. Raj Shaunak, vice president for EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division; Osama Zushi, YTMM executive vice president of EVP manufacturing and technology; Tadaharu Yamamoto, YTMM president; Debby Gard, EMCC vice president for the Lion Hills Center; Joe Cook, EMCC assistant dean for EMCC’s MTE Division; Susan Baird, assistant dean for EMCC’s MTE Division; Alan Easome, YTMM senior director of new plant development; Mitzi Thompson, director of EMCC’s West Point Center; Dennis Dorvilliers, YTMM engineering manager; and Dr. Rick Young, EMCC president.