Greenwood, SC—Fujifilm Manufacturing USA, Inc., is celebrating its 25th, or silver, anniversary with a series of events. Festivities include a gala dinner celebration held at the Arts Council Building in Greenwood, South Carolina, featuring Governor Nikki Haley and Fujifilm Holdings Corporation’s president and COO, Shigehiro Nakajima. Other guests include Kazuo Sunaga, Japan Consul General for Southeast U.S., federal, state and local elected officials, and community leaders.
Special guests also include: members of the 1988 Greenwood County Council; daughters of Inez Wells, who sold the initial parcel of property to Fujifilm; and the associates who live in the Greenwood community and work at the manufacturing facility.
“Having world-class companies like Fujifilm continuing to thrive here is a testament to South Carolina’s overall business-friendly environment,” said Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s governor. “The lines of communication between our industry leaders and our administration are always open—allowing us to stay on top of what they need to succeed and providing South Carolinians with even greater employment opportunities.”
“As our business grew in the U.S., so did our need for manufacturing, so we began our search for the right location to build our production facility, and we chose Greenwood,” said Shigehiro Nakajima, president and COO, Fujifilm Holdings Corporation. “I am told that it all began with farmland, and that the Greenwood employees in the local community helped transform it into the state-of-the-art manufacturing campus we have today. Fujifilm Manufacturing also met the challenges of our time and transformed itself over these past 25 years, as it grows with the company’s new direction and objectives.”
As a gift to the Greenwood community, Fujifilm will also make a donation toward the development of a community park in the city center area. “For over 15 years, the Greenwood Parks Foundation has been trying to develop a large county park for green space on this 54-acre site in the center of Greenwood,” said Billy Nicholson, chairman, Parks Commission, Greater Greenwood Parks & Trails Foundation. “Fujifilm’s tremendous contribution is earmarked for a pavilion and will be a much needed catalyst in making the park a reality.”
Later this month, Fujifilm will also host a celebration at the company’s 500-acre campus for its associates and their families. Attendees will enjoy games, sports-challenge activities, arts and crafts for children and a cookout. The company will also hold factory tours, followed by live entertainment and evening fireworks.
“Our associates are the foundation of our company’s success,” said Tomoyoshi “John” Ueno, president, Fujifilm Manufacturing USA, Inc. “And associates are supported by their family members. Enjoying the celebration together and being able to share our workplace experiences with our families in the long run helps us all work together.
“Fujifilm Manufacturing upholds the company’s longtime and proud tradition of superior quality in both our products and our customer service,” added Ueno. “And we’re looking forward to another 25 years of success.”
Fujifilm Manufacturing USA’s Greenwood complex is comprised of five high technology manufacturing plants, the Greenwood Research Laboratories and the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world. The 500-acre complex is home to manufacturing for inkjet photo paper, digital and conventional pre-sensitized printing plates, QuickSnap one-time-use cameras and color photographic paper. fujifilmusa.com