A project more than a year in the making to expand production at Kimoto Tech wrapped up with a grand opening ceremony for a new coating line at their Cedartown plant.

The $6 million investment increases Cedartown’s production capabilities to three lines that produce coatings for a variety of products and uses around the globe.

Included in the Tuesday, Oct. 3, celebrations for Kimoto Tech’s LC-3 line were the company’s president Kazunobu Kimoto and Japan’s Consul General Takashi Shinozuka, among many other local, state and international officials.

Kimoto provided praise and time for many of the employees who helped make the line possible and have helped the company grow over the years during the ceremony, but also provided his own thoughts about the expansion.

He said that the new line was a long time coming, and that he was happy to come back to Polk County to see the new production line in action.

The Cedartown plant expansion for Kimoto Tech included the new line, plus a Class 1000 Clean Room Compact Coating Line and multiple technology upgrades to the existing coating line.

Kimoto’s investment in Cedartown is backed by bonds to pay for the equipment via a memorandum of understanding put in place with the film-coating company last year.

Shinozuka, who came to offer his congratulations to Kimoto Tech on their completed project, said the completed project was just another example of how cooperation between Japanese companies and the state of Georgia is producing jobs and the increasing the tax base for local economies like Cedartown is good for all.

Kimoto Tech Inc., President Miguel Leal said that the production line is ready to take part in the coming expansion of technological innovation across the globe with something as simple as film coating products, which are already used in products like smart phones and tablets across the globe.

"Over the course of the past three decades, this manufacturing facility and research center has contributed to the local economy, has supported numerous industries, employed hundreds of people and seeks to deliver the next generation of films needed for future markets," Leal said. "These future markets which consumers now refer to as smart or autonomous devices, robotics and cloud-based interfaces that relate to the internet of things. Our future will be shaped by artificial intelligence, virtual reality and products that have not yet been invented."

"Our company, this manufacturing plant, has witnessed no less than 3 product life cycles during its history. We today are preparing ourselves with the newest technology available for coating operations to support technologies that are far better known as concepts and venture capital opportunities than defined known products."

Gretchen Corbin, the Technical College System of Georgia’s commissioner, also added her congratulations and a promise that when companies like Kimoto Tech are needing skilled employees when they want to open new facilities and expand production capabilities, they’ll be ready to hire.

“We're committed to Kimoto Tech. We're committed to providing you and your team the business-friendly environment Sen. (Bill) Heath spoke of,,” Corbin said. “We assure you that we will provide you with what you need in this 21st century economy.”

Kimoto Tech’s 110,000 square foot production facility and 13,000 square foot research and development facility are one of several that Kimoto Co., Ltd. operate around the globe. The company’s global operations include Japan and Switzerland along with Cedartown. They first began sending their products around the world from Polk County when operations began in the 1980s and have continued for the past 30-plus years.

"Over the course of the past three decades, this manufacturing facility and research center has contributed to the local economy, has supported numerous industries, employed hundreds of people and seeks to deliver the next generation of films needed for future markets," Leal said. "These future markets which consumers now refer to as smart or autonomous devices, robotics and cloud-based interfaces that relate to the internet of things. Our future will be shaped by artificial intelligence, virtual reality and products that have not yet been invented."

"Our company, this manufacturing plant, has witnessed no less than 3 product life cycles during its history. We today are preparing ourselves with the newest technology available for coating operations to support technologies that are far better known as concepts and venture capital opportunities than defined known products."