Major Japanese Firms Operating in Union County
> Advanced Technology Products
> Denyo North America
> HL-A Company
> Honda Engineering North America
> Honda Marysville
> Honda Marysville Motor Sports
> Honda of America Mfg.
> Honda North America
> Honda R&D Americas
> Honda Trading of America
> KAPI-O USA
> KNB Tools of America
> KTH Parts Industries
> Midwest Express
> Moriroku Technology
> Neaton Auto Products
> Nissin International Transport
> NKC of America
> Oyabe Americas
> Precision Tools (Toyo)
> Sanko Gosei Technologies USA
> Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems
> Tomita USA
> Yaskawa Electric America
A Special Relationship
With more than 20 companies employing approximately 6,615 people, Japanese companies provide numerous jobs and opportunities to Marysville and Union County. These 6,615 jobs account for 24.4% of the total jobs (27,087) in Union County. Over the past 35 years, these companies collectively have invested nearly $5 billion dollars (Honda has invested $4.4 billion alone) into Union County.
Friendship City Program
In 2012, we began a journey to strengthen our community’s ties with Japan. With our close ties to Honda and with our numerous Japanese companies, we eagerly began a journey to strengthen our community’s ties with Japan in December 2013 with the signing of a Friendship Declaration Agreement with Yorii-machi, Japan.
Japanese Business Missions
City of Marysville and County representatives travel to Japan biennially to meet with the parent companies of Japanese-owned facilities operating in Union County. The mission also includes goodwill visit to Yorii-machi and attendance at the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Conference.
In 2015, the City of Marysville completed Partners Park in Uptown Marysville which included a Friendship Garden. The Friendship Garden was sponsored by Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and included a Japanese stone and Cherry Tree, both donated by the citizens of Yorii-machi.
Special Gift to Yorii-machi
To honor our relationship with Yorii-machi, the Marysville-Yorii Friendship Committee worked with Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Tool Technologies, Celebrity, Quantum Technologies, Nissin International Transport, and Marysville EVSD to create a 3D printed Pottersburg Covered Bridge replica as a gift to the citizens of Yorii-machi. The gift was delivered in-person to Yorii-machi City officials.
Japanese Language Program
Marysville Exempted Village School District (MEVSD) began its first Japanese language program during the 2014-2015 school year. The program has since grown to the largest in Ohio.
Student Exchange Program
In 2015, seven Marysville students travelled to Yorii-machi, beginning the Marysville-Yorii Student Exchange Program. Since then, students have traveled to Yorii-machi in 2017 and 2019, while students from Yorii-machi have traveled to Marysville in 2016 and 2018.
Japanese Cultural Event
Marysville students have held annual Japanese Cultural Events to raise funds for the Student Exchange Program. To assist with the exchange program, the Honda Foundation recently provided a $20,000 grant.
Marysville Schools Mission
In 2014, working closely with the Consulate General’s Office in Detroit, Marysville EVSD received a grant from the Japan Foundation to send Marysville High School Principal Aaron Cook to Japan, which included a trip to Yorii. In 2019, Marysville STEM School Principal Ken Chaffin also traveled to Japan.