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I cover retail, fashion, consumer behavior and consumer products. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. There is one problem I’ve never been able to resolve when I travel with a suit or sportcoast: how to pack it in a suitcase that will go in an airplane’s overhead bin and still be wearable when I arrive.
From jeans to suitcases to sofa covers to boots, chances are we’ve all used more than one “slide fastener” (AKA “zipper”) today. Hard as it is to imagine life without them, zippers have only been around for about a hundred years.
From Georgia’s Lake Country to International Boardrooms: A Conversation with Alex Gregory
Book: The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder Author: Peter Zeihan Review by: Alex Gregory, Chairman and CEO, YKK Corporation of America Peter Zeihan’s The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder will appeal, especially, to those of us who were not as Read more
The invention of the zipper-or at least the first attempts to find something more effective than hook-and-eye closures-dates back to the mid-19th century. The modern zipper turned up sometime around 1913. Zipper maker YKK is looking to introduce the next step in zipper development.
http://www.bizcommunicationguy.com takes you to my Web site, where you will learn about my services for corporations and business leaders. In this interview Alex Gregory of YKK discusses his corporation’s dynamic communication strategies.
Southern lifestyle, easy access to talent and low overhead for both startups and Fortune 500 headquarters. Can a state boasting these charms not but have a global profile? At one of its many “Where Georgia Leads” networking events, the Technology Association of Georgia’s International Business Society introduced a map aimed at showcasing the state’s international …
Brains On! Science podcast for kids – Thunder, lightning and tornadoes: Where do they come from? (Encore) – 17:28
There are some basic ingredients to make thunderstorms and tornadoes. We’ll find out what they are – and how to observe these powerful and amazing storms safely. Plus: A brand new Moment of Um will tackle the question, “How do zippers work?”
Atlanta Business Chronicle in July named our list of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs of 2017. They were honored on Aug. 24 at a sold-out awards event at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Here’s a Q&A with one of the honorees, Alex Gregory, chairman and CEO of YKK Corporation of America: Q: You’ve been named one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs of 2017.
It’s still unclear whether he made a pitch to Toyota, whose executives have said they will soon announce a $1.6 billion joint factory in the U.S. with fellow Japanese auto maker Mazda. All we know from Georgia Gov.
In a conversation with Fibre2Fashion, a spokesperson for the company reveals how it has grown since its inception back in 1934. Read to know more.
Colombia reached a major milestone in its journey toward peace with this week’s first major disarmament by its principal rebel group. But the 7,000-plus weapons laid down by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by their Spanish acronym FARC, are personal weapons and a fraction of what remains stashed around the country.
If you look closely at the zipper on your pants right now, odds are that it has 3 letters engraved on the tab: “YKK.” Those aren’t the initials of the inventor of the zipper – his name was Whitcomb L. Judson, and he patented the first zipper in the late 19th century.
Lunch with executives from Hyundai. Dinner with their counterparts from Kia. It’s all part of a week-long economic development mission to South Korea and Japan Gov. Nathan Deal is taking, starting this weekend.
YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based unit of the Japanese zipper giant, has named a new president with extensive experience in Central and South America. The metro Atlanta company has responsibility over YKK Group operations stretching from Canada to Colombia. Jim Reed, who was hired in 2009 and eventually climbed to chief legal counsel of …
Welcome to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Meet the C-Suite” where each week we will feature one of the city’s most high profile c-level executives and leaders. This week meet Jim Reed, president of YKK Corp. of America. Company: YKK Corp. of America Title: President Headquarters: Marietta, Ga. Background: I grew up in Goshen, Ky.
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 YKK Corporation of America is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Reed to President, effective May 8, 2017. Jim Reed joined YKK Corporation of America in January 2009 as Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel in 2013.
SGB spoke with YKK’s Mike Maekawa about the crucial little component that your gear can’t live without. Imagine your favorite tent, jacket or pack – it’s functional, it looks rad and it never lets you down. Now imagine taking the zippers off any of those products.
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has partnered with David Clark Company to provide the zippers for The Boeing Company’s new Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner Spacesuit. The spacesuit has been designed for wear in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and is designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, for missions to low-Earth orbit.
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Zippers are no longer the overlooked things that close up a jackets or fly-they are getting just as smart as the apparel they serve. Innovation in zippers for the coming Spring/Summer 2018 season was rampant at Intertextile Shanghai last week, and performance was the prime focus.
Tokyo-based YKK Fudosan Co, Ltd, part of YKK Group’s global network, has obtained LEED-BD+C (Core and Shell) Platinum certification for its YKK80 Building. It was the first such certification for a new office building in Japan. The goal of the project team was to reduce energy consumption by 60% when compared to typical office buildings.
Friday, March 10th, 2017 Rebuilding Macon marks an exciting new partnership with YKK AP America Inc., naming them a Neighborhood Building Sponsor. YKK AP will donate energy-efficient replacement windows to meet the annual needs of the organization, aiding in its mission to preserve Macon neighborhoods by providing free rehab services to those in need.
A residential window manufacturer in Macon has steadily been increasing its production and adding jobs since it opened here 10 years ago. And it is looking to continue that trend. Since 2007, YKK AP America, a subsidiary of Japan-based YKK Corporation of America, has been manufacturing vinyl windows for new residential construction and replacement purposes at its Macon plant, which employs about 200 people.
YKK AP America has teamed up with Rebuilding Macon Inc. to provide 50 specialized, energy-efficient windows per year to the organization. Rebuilding Macon is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve homeownership and neighborhoods by providing free rehabilitation services to people in need.
MACON, Ga. — A new partnership with a local company will help Rebuilding Macon make more improvements on houses in need. The organization named YKK AP America a Neighborhood Building Sponsor after it donated a year’s worth of energy-efficient windows.Exec
YKK (USA) Inc. is making zippers for The Boeing Co.’s spacesuit that will be used by crew members of the aerospace manufacturer’s Starliner spacecraft. YKK has a presence in Georgia including a facility in Marietta and a zipper manufacturing plant in Macon.
YKK USA, which has a large zipper manufacturing plant in Macon, is partnering with David Clark Co. to provide zippers for The Boeing Co.’s new spacesuit for the Starliner aircraft which NASA will use to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
How do popcorn kernels pop? How do salmon know where to return to spawn? How do rabbits change colors? Why does television fry your brain? How do zippers zip stuff? Who was the fastest runner in the world? In this episode, we’ll tackle all these questions!
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mayor Robert Reichert got a special visit from a group of students Wednesday afternoon. And not just any group, as these kids hailed from the other side of the world: Japan. 16 students from Kurobe, Japan are visiting from their homeland in order to participate in school activities with their American counterparts at Rutland High School.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 Navicent Health welcomed a delegation from Kurobe Municipal Hospital in Kurobe, Japan to The Medical Center, Navicent Health on Wednesday, October 19. The delegation from Macon’s sister city includes physicians, registered nurses and representatives of KMH’s pharmacy, education and residency training programs. Navicent Health and KMH have enjoyed a sister hospital exchange program for more than a decade.
Navicent Health welcomed a delegation from Kurobe, Japan, a sister city of Macon-Bibb County on Wednesday. The Medical Center, Navicent Health and Kurobe Municipal Hospital have participated in a sister hospital exchange program for more than a decade.
they continue experimenting and developing their work, said the founder of the Arts of Fashion Foundation at a recent lecture at the Battery. […] to quote Rei Kawakubo, ‘Without creation there can be no progress and man cannot evolve.’
CNN talks to the president of YKK, Masayuki Sarumaru, about why this zipper company is looking more and more to Africa.
Among the latest developments from Japanese fastener business YKK is a super lightweight aluminium slider for its Lumina zipper. The range is comprised of aluminium alloy elements, which means it is already lightweight – but YKK has made it even more so thanks to the new slider, reducing its weight by 50% the company says.
There are many things I get to do in the course of business that warm my heart, but there are only a few that melt it. Well, I had mine totally turned to hot water a few weeks ago. Usually it’s the people who make you melt.
YKK AP America Inc. commemorated its 25 th anniversary with a full day of activities and festivities at its plant in Dublin, Ga. The day began with a welcome reception and plant tour for the nearly 70 guests, employees and local officials.
YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and architectural products giant for the Western Hemisphere, has named two new presidents for the U.S. arms of those two units. On April 1 Oliver Stepe will be the first non-Japanese president of YKK AP America Inc., the Dublin, Ga.-based manufacturer of windows, doors and building facades, among other products.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 YKK Corporation of America is pleased to announce the promotion of Oliver Stepe to president of YKK AP America Inc., effective April 1, 2016. Part of the global YKK Group and a subsidiary of YKK Corporation of America, YKK AP America Inc.
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Anaheim, Calif.- YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. celebrated the installation of a 521 Kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system at its facility in Anaheim, Calif. at the beginning of March. Installation firm SunGreen Systems and solar module manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. attended the event. After conducting a research on renewable energy, YKK (U.S.A.)
Solar panel maker Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., installation firm SunGreen Systems and zipper manufacturer YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. have announced the completion of a 521 kW solar PV system at YKK’s Anaheim, Calif., facility. Teaming up with SunGreen Systems, YKK installed 1,968 of Mitsubishi’s Diamond Pro solar modules on the roof of its plant, and the …
SunGreen Systems Completes 521 kW Solar System for YKK U.S.A.: PV Installation Delivers 97.6% Power for Anaheim, California Zipper Manufacturer
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. will hold a commissioning ceremony on March 3, 2016 to celebrate the installation of a 521 kW solar photovoltaic system at its Anahe
To be named “world capital” of something is both a badge of honor, yet also something of a badge of shame, writer George Pendle tells NPR’s Robert Siegel. It means your city revolves entirely around a single product, like gravel or toothpicks.
Zippers and faces just don’t mix. Leading manufacturer YKK has created a solution with its ‘Fix A Shape’ zipper. If you’ve worn many ski jackets, you know that the part of the zipper that passes above your neck and up over your mouth usually kind of sucks.
[Press Releases] The Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will award the Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States.
Three Georgians have been honored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan with special commendations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war with the United States. Japan’s consul general in Atlanta, Kazuo Sunaga, presented certificates of the commendations at a celebration of the birthday of the Emperor of …
On November 28th, YKK sponsored their first toy drive at the Walmart parking lot to help kids in need, and this morning, they officially donated all the toys they received to Open Hands Pantry.
Atlanta, Dec 4, 2015 – The Consulate General of Japan celebrates the Emperor of Japan’s birthday at the residence of Consulate General of Japan in Buckhead. Over 200 distinguished guests including Congressman Tom Price, Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens, business leaders, community leaders and mayors of several major cities in metropolitan Atlanta attended the ceremony.
Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored six recipients for their 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards, and YKK in Lawrenceburg was one of them, winning the environmental pacesetter award. Originally known as Universal Fasteners and located just off of Industrial Road, we sat down with Greg Pass, HR & Safety Director, and Todd Baldwin, Environmental Engineer, at YKK to see what they did to win the award.
Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) honored the six recipients of its 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards during the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. Through this awards program, the department recognized the efforts and activities of individuals, businesses or organizations that are committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment.
smithsonian.com Take a look at a zipper on any given pair of pants and chances are it’s inscribed with the letters “YKK,” an acronym stamped on some 7 billion zippers a year. Every one of them is manufactured by a single Japanese company behind what might be one of the most ubiquitous brands in history.
It has done so through the auspices of YKK, the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers, which produces roughly half the world’s supply-some 7 billion a year. Yet to understand how Kurobe became the zipper capital of the world, one must travel back to the very birth of the zipper, to a time when the zipper wasn’t even the zipper at all.
The brand of zipper that is likely keeping your britches up at this very moment. Headquartered in Tokyo, 81-year-old YKK (short for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which translates as Yoshida Company Limited) was founded by Tadao Yoshida, who started making custom zippers to take advantage of breaks and alignment flaws in other products of the time.
YKK North America Chairman, President, & CEO Alex Gregory discusses one of the most important things he does – mentoring college students and helping prepare them for the future.
The zipper is one of those inventions-along with the bicycle-that seems as though it should have occurred much earlier in history. How complicated could it be to assemble two wheels, two pedals, and a chain? Or to align two jagged strips of metal teeth and shuffle them together?
So that’s what it stands for! Don’t miss an episode of mental_floss on YouTube-subscribe here! Images and footage provided by Shutterstock. Here’s a transcript courtesy of Nerdfighteria Wiki: 1. If you’ve ever been caught staring at your zipper and wondering what YKK stands for, it’s Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which roughly translates to Yoshida Company Limited.
As part of the environmental activities at YKK Kurobe Factory, YKK, the leading designer of fastening solutions, is working on the development of ECO-DYE technology, which is said to allow the company to reduce the amount of water used in the zipper dyein
YKK North America Chairman, President, & CEO Alex Gregory talks about his journey from Macon to becoming head of the company, and gives a brief history of the company, and the continued innovation that has lead to new markets. He also talks about recent and future growth of the Macon operation.
Margaret Mimbs was 26 years old when she began working at the YKK zipper plant in Macon. It was less than a month after the company and the community celebrated the grand opening of the $15 million manufacturer Oct. 18, 1974. It was Mimbs’ first full-time job.
Africa Atlanta 2014 Africa Atlanta 2014 was always meant to be more than an art exhibit. While it has been anchored for the last five months by Kongo across the Waters, a traveling art exhibit that explores the legacy of the Kongo culture, it has also been highlighted by complementary events held before, during and after the exhibit designed to showcase Atlanta as the hub around which to re-energize relations between Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Jessica Cork with YKK Corp. of America, Yoshi Domoto with JapanFest, and Sachi Nakato with Nakato Japanese Restaurant
Jessica Cork with YKK Corp. of America, Yoshi Domoto with JapanFest, and Sachi Nakato with Nakato Japanese Restaurant Mike Jessica Cork/YKK Corp. of America Located in Marietta, Georgia, YKK Corporation of America is the western hemisphere parent of YKK Corporation’s North and Central America Group.
YKK AP America Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, is planning to expand its Macon window plant to serve the recovering housing market in the U.S. YKK AP is part of YKK Corp. of America, the North American subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and fastener giant that built its first plant in Middle Georgia in …
YKK AP America Inc. will expand its residential window plant in Macon, Ga., thanks to growing demand related to the recovering U.S. housing market. YKK AP will relocate its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus and add two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production.
Next time you zip up, or zip down, check out your zipper. There’s a good chance it’ll say YKK. But, what is YKK? I head to South Gate, California, to find out. At Koos Manufacturing in South Gate, they make AG jeans, with YKK zippers. Yul Ku, the owner of the company, shows me around.
The zipper maker is working with the textile industry group to improve its corporate social responsibility.
Zippers are on pretty anything – sofas, gym bags, sweatshirts and more. But, have you ever noticed that “YKK” is on the pull-tab of almost every zipper? Check out this article to find out where this mysterious “YKK” comes from.