From left to right: Leif Ringstad, Lynn Pesson, Jack Ball, Glenda Pesson, Steve Purdy, Robert Smith, Suzanne Smith.DENTON, Texas – Maruyama U.S. recently hosted a trip for members of the company’s distributor panel and a new Maruyama dealer to visit its manufacturing and business headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
The Maruyama distributor panel members participating on the trip include Jack Ball, Sales Manager of Tru-Power, Inc. located in Corona, Calif., Steve Purdy, President of Oscar Wilson Engines & Parts located in O’Fallon, Mo., and Robert Smith, Vice President of Smiths South-Central Sales Company located in Springhill, La. The Maruyama dealer accompanying the distributor panel members is Lynn Pesson, Jr., President of the Southland Engine Company, Inc. located in Lafayette, La.
According to Leif Ringstad, Maruyama U.S., Inc. General Manager, “We are honored to have such an esteemed group accept our invitation of appreciation and tour the Maruyama facilities in Japan. Each has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Maruyama brand and for that we sincerely thank them.”
The tour included five Maruyama factories all located in the Togane area about 30 miles east of Tokyo. Each factory is responsible for specific product lines and is fully equipped with the latest in manufacturing technologies such as automated and robotic operations and CNC metalworking machinery.
A highlight of the trip was a meeting with Haruo Uchiyama, chairman of Maruyama Manufacturing Company. During the roundtable meeting a general but valuable exchange of ideas was discussed for the future direction of Maruyama in the North American market.
A full day of sightseeing in Tokyo and an excursion to the top of sacred Mt. Fuji was also on the agenda.