History of YKK North and Central America Group

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1960
May
YKK establishes an office in New York as Yoshida International Inc.
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1938
February
San-es Shokai renamed Yoshida Kogyosho.
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1945
May
Komatsugawa Plant burned down and dissolved for a time.
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1945
August
Yoshida Kogyosho purchased Uozu Tekkousho K.K. and renamed Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
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1946
January
YKK® registered as a trademark of Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
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1951
March
Headquarters relocated to Nihonbashi Bakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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1934
January
San-es Shokai founded by Tadao Yoshida in Higashi Nihonbashi, Tokyo; to view a pictorial history of YKK (Japanese only).
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1942
February
Yoshida Kogyosho reorganized as a limited company.
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1955
May
Kurobe Plant commences operations in Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture.
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1958
August
Headquarters relocated to Asakusa Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
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1959
January
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. establishes its first overseas affiliate in New Zealand.
1961
January
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. begins production and marketing of aluminum building products.
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1963
June
Headquarters relocated to current location (Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).
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1967
December
YKK El Salvador plant was established.
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1968
February
YKK Canada Inc. established in Montreal, Canada.
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1968
April
Los Angeles office established as YKK Zipper (CA) Inc.
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1970
April
YKK El Salvador S.A. de C.V. is established.
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1970
May
Atlanta office established as YKK Zipper (GA) Inc.
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1970
May
Dallas, TX branch opened.
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1970
June
Seattle office established as YKK Zipper (WA) Inc.
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1996
July
Tape Craft Corporation joined YKK America Group.
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2015
January
The Residential Division of YKK AP America Inc. moves its fabrication process from Chestney to Ocmulgee Park.
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1974
October
Ocmulgee Park Plant Opening Ceremony held.
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1971
January
San Francisco branch of YKK Zipper (CA) Inc. opened.
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1971
April
Greensboro, NC branch opened.
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1972
May
National HQ completed in Lyndhurst, N.J.
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1972
May
YKK Zipper (CA) Inc. HQ completed in Compton, CA.
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1972
December
54 acres of land purchased for Ocmulgee Plant, Macon, GA.
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1973
January
YKK Industries (U.S.A.) Inc. established.
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1974
February
First production started in Textile and Metal Zipper Plant.
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1974
May
Coil zipper production started.
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1974
June
YKK Honduras founded as “Zippers de Honduras, S.A.”
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1974
September
Zippers de Honduras, S.A. begins production.
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1975
March
YKK Zipper (U.S.A.) Inc. and YKK Industries (U.S.A.) Inc. merge to become YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
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1977
January
Second expansion of Textile Plant started.
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1977
February
South Division HQ completed in Marietta, GA.
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1977
July
Construction of second phase of Metal Zipper Plant started.
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1977
August
Los Angeles branch of West Division opened as a service unit garment center.
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1978
February
Metal Zipper Plant opened.
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1978
September
YKK Honduras S A. starts Textile, Metal & Plastic zipper production.
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1978
November
Third expansion of Textile Plant started.
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1979
August
Slider Plant opened.
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1979
August
250 acres purchased in Macon, GA and named Chestney Park.
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1981
January
R&D Department started.
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1982
March
Second Slider Plant in Ocmulgee Park opened.
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1982
April
Textile, Coil and Woven Zipper Plants in Chestney Park opened.
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1982
June
El Paso, TX branch opened.
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1982
August
West Division HQ opened in Cerritos, CA.
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1983
December
New Cord and Sewing Thread Plant starts production in Chestney Park.
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1984
May
YKK AP entered U.S. architectural market with imported YKK AP products.
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1984
June
Field Tech Center opened in Marietta, GA.
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1984
July
Expansion of Slider II Plant completed.
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1984
September
Second Metal Zipper and VFF (molded element) Zipper Plant opened.
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1984
October
First phase of MIE Plant in Chestney Park opened.
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1984
December
Woven Zipper Plant, Chestney Park, opened.
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1984
December
PPD Plant in Chestney Park opened.
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1986
July
YKK Aluminum Products Division opened in Atlanta, GA.
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1987
January
Plastic notions production began in Slider II.
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1987
September
YKK Corporation incorporated in NY State.
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1987
September
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of YKK Corporation (now YKK Corporation of America).
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1987
October
Universal Fasteners Inc. joins YKK family of companies.
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1988
April
Architectural Products Division became part of YKK Corporation (now YKK Corporation of America).
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1988
November
Brass Wire Plant in Chestney Park opened.
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1988
November
Cosmolon® production began in VR II Plant.
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1989
October
Plastic Fastener IV Plant Grand Opening held.
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1990
March
YKK representative office in Puebla, Mexico opened.
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1990
June
Slider II Plant expanded.
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1991
April
Architectural Products Division incorporated as YKK AP America Inc.
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1992
May
Cosmolon® Plant opened.
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1992
April
YKK AP America Inc. Orlando, FL and Baltimore, MD branches open.
1992
September
Start-up ceremony for YKK AP America Inc. Plant, Dublin, GA.
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1992
November
Lawrenceburg 2 Plant expanded.
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1993
March
Opening ceremony held for YKK AP America Inc. Dublin Plant.
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1993
April
YKK AP America Inc. establishes its Project Business Group in Atlanta.
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1993
April
Monofilament Plant expanded.
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1994
January
Zippers de Honduras, S.A. changes its name to YKK Honduras, S.A.
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1994
January
Plastic Fasteners IV expanded.
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1994
June
YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V. incorporated.
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1994
July
Macon plants heroically overcome catastrophic flood without missing a single deadline.
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1994
August
YKK Corporation becomes YKK Corporation of America.
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1994
December
West Division Grand Opening of new HQ/MFG facility in Anaheim, CA.
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1995
April
Universal Fasteners Inc. Centennial observed.
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1995
December
Completion/Opening of Field Tech Center expansion and new YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. National HQ
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1995
April
YKK AP America Inc. opens its Greensboro, NC branch.
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1995
September
Expansion of Field Tech Center begins in Marietta, GA.
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1996
April
YKK AP America Inc. opens its Cincinnati branch.
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1997
January
YKK Canada Inc. joins YKK America Group.
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1997
April
Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Tape Craft Corporation Plant, Oxford, AL.
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1998
April
YKK AP America Inc. opens its Dallas, TX branch.
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1998
May
Grand Opening for new Tape Craft Corporation Plant, Oxford, AL.
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1998
July
Universal Fasteners de Mexico is established.
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1999
January
Specialty Products Group becomes Textile and Plastics Group worldwide.
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2000
January
Universal Fasteners Inc. becomes YKK Universal Fasteners Inc.
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2000
July
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. holds grand opening for its New York Showroom.
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2000
November
40th Anniversary of YKK America Group.
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2001
April
YKK AP America Inc. holds ground breaking for new Fabrication Plant
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2001
April
YKK AP America Inc. opens its Boston, MA branch.
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2001
May
YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V. holds Grand Opening of Irapuato Plant.
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2001
September
YKK AP America Inc. holds Ground Breaking for 2nd Press.
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2002
July
Grand Opening held for YKK AP America Inc.’s new Fabrication Plant and startup of new Extrusion Press.
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2002
August
YKK Insurance OK彩票 of America Inc. established in Burlington, VT.
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2002
August
YKK AP America Inc. Vinyl Windows Division began.
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2003
May
Tape Craft Corporation announces plans to expand its Oxford plant.
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2004
January
YKK AP America Inc. Dublin Plant begins transportation materials line.
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2004
March
Tape Craft Corporation’s Oxford plant expansion is completed.
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2004
July
YKK Snap Fasteners Manufactura Mexico established.
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2004
December
Jen Colombia S.A. joins the YKK family of companies.
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2005
January
YKK Universal Fasteners Inc. is renamed YKK Snap Fasteners America Inc.
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2005
January
Universal Fasteners Inc. de Mexico is renamed YKK Snap Fasteners Mexico S.A. de C.V.
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2005
January
YKK Snap Fasteners Manufactura Mexico S.A. de C.V. starts production.
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2005
January
Processing lines for YKK AP America Inc.’s Transportation Materials Group installed in Dublin.
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2005
February
Transportation Fastening Materials business begins.
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2005
August
YKK AP America Inc.’s Transportation Materials Group makes its first shipment of car bumpers.
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2006
March
YKK AP America Inc. has a ground breaking ceremony for Phase 1 of its $80 million plant expansion.
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2006
March
The Transportation Fastening Materials office opens in Detroit, Michigan.
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2006
May
YKK Snap Fasteners Manufactura Mexico S.A. de C.V. finishes its expansion.
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2006
October
Tape Craft Corporation celebrates its 60th Anniversary.
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2007
April
YKK AP America Inc. breaks ground on Phase II of its $80 million plant expansion.
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2007
April
The Residential Division of YKK AP America Inc. launches their new single-hung window production line.
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2007
July
YKK Snap Fasteners Mexico opens a branch office and warehouse in Irapuato.
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2008
March
YKK AP America Inc.’s Transportation Materials Group receives an Outstanding Performance Award from American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
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2008
March
YKK AP America Inc.'s Transportation Materials Group receives a Quality and Delivery Performance Award from Honda of American Mfg. Inc./ Honda of Canada Mfg Inc.
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2008
April
YKK AP America Inc. has a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Vinyl Windows Plant located in the National Mfg. Ctr. of YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Chestney Park.
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2008
April
YKK AP America Inc. opens its Houston, TX branch.
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2008
June
YKK Canada Inc. celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
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2009
January
The Transportation Fastening Materials Group becomes part of YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
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2009
November
YKK Snap Fasteners Mexico merges with YKK Mexicana.
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2013
April
YKK Snap Fasteners America Inc. merges with YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
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2014
September
YKK AP America Inc. has an open house for its new production, distribution and logistics facility in the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area.
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1957
July
Yoshida Trading Co. (current YKK AP Inc.) established.
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1959
November
Operations related to aluminum building materials begun.
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1976
April
YKK Industries (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. established as the first overseas affiliate of YKK's architectural products business..
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1994
August
Yoshida Kogyo K.K. renamed YKK Corporation.
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1994
September
YKK Group Environmental Charter (Group Environmental Charter) established.
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2000
July
YKK Newmax Co., Ltd. (YKK Snap Fasteners Japan Co., Ltd.) established as the main company of YKK's snaps and buttons business.
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2002
December
First machinery and engineering business company (Suzhou YKK Machinery & Die Works Co., Ltd.) established in Suzhou, ChinaOK彩票.
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2003
February
YKK Fastening Products Sales Inc. established as a sales company for YKK's fastening business.
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2003
April
YKK Business Support Inc. established as the shared services center for the YKK Group.
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2003
October
YKK's Architectural Products Manufacturing Group integrated into YKK AP Inc.
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2006
July
YKK Tours launched by the YKK Group as an industrial tourism plant tour.
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2008
September
YKK Center Park, a facility that is open to the general public, opened.
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2015
July
The YKK80 Building completed in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, as the new headquarters of YKK Corporation and YKK AP Inc.
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2017
April
Jen Colombia S.A.S. becomes YKK Colombia S.A.S.
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2018
February
YKK AP opens Houston Service Center
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2018
November
YKK AP opens San Francisco Solutions Center
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2018
December
YKK AP America Inc. opens a manufacturing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio
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2019
April
YKK AP opens Pittsburgh R&D Office
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2019
December
YKK AP acquires Erie Architectural Products Group
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