Domo arigato, economic development
According to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Japan is the third largest trade partner for the state. It makes Nebraska the obvious choice for Japan-based, industrial-electrical-equipment manufacturer Morio Denki, which chose Lincoln as home for its new U.S. operations.
After the culmination of two years working with Nebraska economic development groups, the facility is slated to open at the end of the year. Two Japanese executives will move to Lincoln before hiring additional staff.
It doesn’t hurt that one company which has already done business with Morio Denki, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing, is also in Lincoln.
Gov. Dave Heinemann says, “What we’ve found over the years, no matter what country it is, if you can get a couple to come, others will follow. They begin to feel comfortable, that there’s a welcoming relationship.”
That strengthened trade relationship with Japan will help with efforts to re-open its markets to Nebraska beef.
Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann sees the new facility as an “opportunity to showcase the state of Nebraska, its economic development programs and its business friendly environment [which] is necessary for further business development between Nebraska and Japan,” according to a press release from the governor’s communications office.
Morio Denki has 100 years of experience in public transportation electrical equipment, including rolling stock signs for trains, roadside and in cabin automotive electronics and nautical electronics.