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Calpis America Breaks Ground on $20M Direct-Fed Microbial Manufacturing and Headquarters Facility

May 30, 2013

Officials perform traditional ground breaking ceremony at the site of Calpis America’s new US headquarters and manufacturing operation in Peachtree city, GA. Pictured (l-r): Mr. Taro Toyoda, InSpec CEO; Mr. Joji Miyamori, Acting Consul General of Japan; Mr. Masato Yoshida, CEO/President Calpis America; Mr. Don Haddix, Mayor of Peachtree City, GA; Mr. Matt Brass, Field Representative for Congressman Lynn Westmoreland; Mr. Scott McMurray, Director of Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. 

On May 17, 2013, Calpis America, Inc. held a traditional ground breaking ceremony on their $20M manufacturing and headquarters facility in Peachtree City, GA, USA.

Calpis will produce its direct-fed microbial product, CALSPORIN®. The facility is projected to be completed during the first quarter of 2014 and operations are anticipated to begin in April of 2014.

InSpec Group has fully committed to supporting Calpis’s successful operations in the USA by performing the feasibility study, engineering, procurement, and construction services.

The following is the full news article from Fayette County Development Authority on May 17, 2013.



Japanese Firm’s $20M Project in Peachtree City, GA to Employee Nearly 50 people


Peachtree City, GA - Calpis America, Inc., in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Fayette County Development Authority, celebrated its announced location to Georgia with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the site of its new home in Peachtree City, Georgia. The project is anticipated to create 42 new jobs in its first year of operations. The manufacturing and US headquarters facility represents a $20 million investment into the community on an approximately 12 acre site. InSpec Group (Atlanta, Portland, and Tokyo) will be performing engineering, procurement and construction services on this project.

Calpis will produce its direct-fed microbial product, CALSPORIN®, which is used widely in the livestock industry to supply a naturally occurring microorganism as a component of feedstock. The facility is projected to have construction completed during the first quarter of 2014. Operations are anticipated to begin in April 2014, and Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked customized workforce training program, will assist the company with its training needs.

“U. S. consumers have for many years given us business opportunities and ideas to improve our products,” said Masato Yoshida, the president of Calpis America, Inc. “Not only is the U.S. the world’s biggest supplier of meat products, it also has a great potential to further develop the industry both in volume and quality. Locating this plant in Georgia will enable us to better serve the industry and to utilize the abundant workforce. Peachtree City, with its close proximity to interstates and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, provides us good access to our users as well as transportation convenience both domestically and internationally.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with the Fayette County Development Authority to manage this project. Scott McMurray, director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Logistics, Energy, Agriculture and Food Processing industry team, assisted Calpis on behalf of the state. Yumiko Nakazono, director of Georgia’s Japan office, coordinated the introduction of the company to the state during the SEUS-Japan conference in July 2012

“We’re very pleased that yet another Japanese company has broken ground for a manufacturing facility in Georgia,” said Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “International investment is critical to the state’s economy, so we have worked hard to create a business environment that makes the state a strategic and easily accessible location for global companies.”
Local Elected official quote.

Fayette County Development Authority President/CEO Matt Forshee managed the project locally with support from Existing Industry Manger Emily Poole, by providing site selection services, fast-track permit facilitation services and industrial revenue bond financing.

“Today, we are honored to welcome our newest international corporate citizen, Calpis America, to Peachtree City and Fayette County,” said Matt Forshee, President/CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority. “Whether they be Asian, European or from the Americas, because of our location and amenities, our community continues to be the location internationally based companies choose to call home when they locate to Atlanta and the southeast.”


Pictures (l-r): Mr. Matt Forshee, President/CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority; Mr. John Woody, Board Member of the Fayette County Development Authority; Mr. Randy Ogino, Fayette County Commissioner; Mr. Steve Brown, Fayette County Commission Chairman; Mr. Masato Yoshida, CEO/President Calpis America; Mr. David Barlow, Fayette County Commissioner; Mr. Allan McCarty, Fayette County Commissioner; Mr. Hollis Harris, Fayette County Development Authority Board Member; Mr. Charles Oddo, Fayette County Commissioner. 


Pictured (l-r): Mr. Stephen Hogan, Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority Executive Director; Ms. Nancy Price, Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director; Ms. Vanessa Fleisch, Peachtree City Council Member; Mr. Masato Yoshida, CEO/President Calpis America; Mr. Don Haddix, Peachtree City Mayor, Ms. Kim Learnard, Peachtree City Council Member; Mr. Jim Pennington, Peachtree City, City Manager; Mr. David Rast, Peachtree City Planning & Zoning Director. 



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