Junior Leadership students visit Meiwa

Friday, January 17, 2014

By Jessica Moore

Staff Writer

Wednesday morning the high school juniors and seniors who are members of Junior Leadership Marshall toured Meiwa, the first of several stops planned for their day learning about local industries.

Meiwa is one of the newest companies to call Lewisburg home. Meiwa is located in the I-65 Commerce Park, just off Mooresville Highway. Meiwa chose Lewisburg as their North American center because of its centralized location between automotive industries they already have working relationships with and those they hope to establish relationships with.

Students were introduced to each member of the current staff along with the vice president of the company. They were shown what role each team member plays within the company, even including staff interpreters to bridge the language and cultural gaps that are often found between the American and Japanese cultures.

Globally, Meiwa is mainly responsible for producing interior automotive parts. They have also begun producing housing and building materials. They want to start production from the Lewisburg branch in April, and hope to employ over 100 people with a sales forecast of over $20 million by 2018.

During the presentation, the team at Meiwa explained what they are -- and will be -- looking for in employees at both production and administrative levels. Students were then shown the manufacturing area and examples of Meiwa products.

At the end of the tour, students were given Japanese treats to try and take with them as they left. At the Junior Leadership Marshall mentor's request, the team at Meiwa taught the students how to say thank you in Japanese.

Before leaving to board the bus to their next destination in unison they all sang "Arigato!"