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A new line of nursingwear for moms on the go! Introducing Alia White of Ashe and Irys
05 Dec 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. In this installment, we introduce you to Alia White, founder of Ashe and Irys, a new line of nursingwear for moms searching for chic and affordable options. Alia was born and raised […]

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2019-12-02 Issue 125 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back
30 Nov 2019
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When I think about the approaching holiday season, and the theme of “giving back,” a familiar scripture verse comes to mind. “To whom much is given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48) Living in a country such as the United States affords Americans an abundance of gifts and blessings that we are expected to share […]

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YKK sponsoring San Francisco-based Arts of Fashion Foundation to Host 18th Annual International Fashion Showcase at the Asian Art Museum
26 Nov 2019
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The Arts of Fashion Foundation will welcome guests to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco on Monday, December 16, 2019 to view the grand finale of the annual Symposium, the International Fashion Competition Runway Show, a presentation of 50 finalists from around the world. The show begins at 7:30 pm. In the spring, the […]

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Employees at YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V. participate in Banco de Tapitas initiative
25 Nov 2019
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  Our colleagues at YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V. have been participating in a giving back initiative with the organization Banco de Tapitas. The organization partners with companies around the country to collect all types of plastic caps through authorized ambassadors and collection centers, the donations are recycled to generate resources for the care of […]

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2019-11-25 Issue 124 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance
25 Nov 2019
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We are a manufacturing company. I often hear that good manufacturing is impossible if the manufacturing site is dirty. I personally have come across scenes within YKK factories about which one could say this. I still clearly remember one of the employees in one plant saying, “The reason employees don’t care if the manufacturing site […]

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2019-11-18 Issue 123 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner
18 Nov 2019
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I’m a big believer in the importance of lifelong learning.  There is always something new to learn and our learning journeys should never come to an end.  To prepare for this opportunity to write this message, I read the previous four messages about this Fundamental Behavior.  All had great stories that made you reflect on […]

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A journey around YKK global facilities – Passive Town
14 Nov 2019
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In the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the YKK Group moved a portion of our headquarters’ function to Kurobe, Toyama. There, we planned a project to address energy issues and it took on the form of Passive Town.       The project is being developed on a 36,100㎡ land in Kurobe […]

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YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V Celebrates 25 Years
14 Nov 2019
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YKK Mexicana S.A. de C.V. held a ceremony commemorating its 25th anniversary on November 12, 2019. YKK Mexicana was established in September 1994 as a small plant in Puebla that assembled basic coil and metal zippers. By 1996 sales had soared by more than 200 percent, far exceeding projections. By this time, Mexico boasted three […]

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2019-11-11 Issue 122 – Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay attention to the details
08 Nov 2019
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    An excerpt from “The Organized Mind” by Daniel Levitin states, “The processing capacity of the conscious mind has been estimated at 120 bits/second. That bandwidth is the speed limit for the traffic of information we can pay conscious attention to at any one time.”  It goes on to say that we need 60 […]

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2019-11-04 Issue 121 – Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be proactive
04 Nov 2019
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“Proactive” – Adjective – “Creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.” When one of my sons played on a travel baseball team, one of the coaches introduced the 5Ps to the team.  Proper (Proactive) Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.  His message to the kids […]

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Macon-Bibb County Welcomes Kurobe City Hospital Delegation for 16th Year
31 Oct 2019
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On October 21, Navicent Health and Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia welcomed six physicians, one nurse, and one dietitian from Kurobe City Hospital for the sixteenth year of a unique medical exchange between Macon-Bibb County and its sister city of Kurobe, Japan. Each summer, between May and September, three physicians and two […]

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Three to Five Day Zipper Delivery Now Available from YKK in Anaheim, CA
30 Oct 2019
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In order to meet the West Region’s (Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Arizona) speed to market demand, the YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Anaheim, CA manufacturing facility is now offering three to five day zipper delivery to all West Region customers, including West Region brand owners, designers, contractors, trim buyers, and distributors. Quick delivery is […]

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2019-10-28 Issue 120 – Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take ownership
28 Oct 2019
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      At first glance, “Take Ownership. Take personal responsibility for making things happen” seems to indicate people who are good at leadership and can face difficult things. In addition, you imagine someone who is positive, sets high goals, is charismatic and attracts people, is wide-ranging, thinks flexibly, has a strong sense of responsibility, […]

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How to avoid slider paint chip off
25 Oct 2019
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When a painted Slider is subjected to dry cleaning or a wet processing treatment, including washing a garment, the paint may chip off of the slider.  The reason the paint chips off of a slider is because the slider is being damaged when it hits a tumbler during the processing. Normally, paint will chip off […]

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YKK Group’s Cafe Bonfino to switch to coffee straws made from plant-derived materials
25 Oct 2019
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YKK Group’s Cafe Bonfino Co., Ltd. (*1) will switch from plastic straws to straws made from plant-derived materials in consideration of the environment. The coffee straw adopted by the company is an environmentally-friendly natural circulation resin product made from extracted coffee powder and plant-derived polylactic acid resin (*2). After being used as a straw, it […]

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2019-10-21 Issue 119 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving
21 Oct 2019
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My responsibility today is to find a solution without assigning blame. When I was working in Japan, I was not particularly concerned about it, but when working overseas, I have had a hard time in this regard. I would like to share my experiences with you. The biggest difference between work in Japan and overseas […]

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YKK’s GreenRise™ Zipper Awarded 2019 Good Design Best 100
16 Oct 2019
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YKK’s GreenRise™ zipper has received the “2019 Good Design Best 100” award from the Japan Design Promotion Association. The “Good Design Best 100” recipients are chosen from among all 2019 Good Design Award recipients based on overall product excellence in terms of aesthetics, proposals, and possibilities. GreenRise™ reduces fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in […]

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Brittani Bumb: Creating new designs with a touch of vintage flair
15 Oct 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. Introducing Atlanta-based fashion designer, Brittani Bumb. Brittani’s love for vintage fashion has influenced her designs and inspired her to create a clothing line called Untitled Thoughts. We asked Brittani to share with […]

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2019-10-14 Issue 118 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation
14 Oct 2019
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Every day, we are working towards achieving our plan. There are many challenges as we work towards achieving that plan. Challenges at the time of planning, unexpected challenges, challenges that can be solved immediately, challenges that should be addressed over the long term, challenges that are high difficulty but also high priority, challenges that cannot […]

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Yoko Katz: Making a difference for breast cancer survivors through fashion
11 Oct 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. Yoko Katz, a breast cancer survivor of 5 years, is on a mission to make a difference in the fashion industry for cancer survivors. Her personal journey through cancer treatment led her […]

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Top 5 Outdoor Apparel Trends- YKK Experts Series
11 Oct 2019
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With summer coming to an end, we thought this would be a good time to get caught up on some of the current and future trends in the outdoor apparel industry. In this installment of our “Interviews with the Experts” series, we met with outdoor industry expert, Jenni Sanders. Jenni, senior account specialist for YKK […]

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A journey around YKK global facilities – YKK Rokko
10 Oct 2019
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In 1995, a YKK employee approached the president of YKK with a suggestion to establish a special subsidiary company. As a father to a child with Down Syndrome, he was worried that his son would have a hard time finding a job and building a career in the future. However, despite the challenges, his son […]

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YKK Collaborates with Ubuntu Life on New Line of Bags – 100% of profits to support mothers and children in Kenya
09 Oct 2019
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YKK has teamed up with Ubuntu Life on its Fall 2019 line of bags handmade by their Maker Mums in the Maai Mahiu region of Kenya. One hundred percent of Ubuntu Life profits support social impact programs in Kenya that are empowering the communities they work in through job creation. Beyond simply meeting needs, Ubuntu […]

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Jim Reed, president YKK Corporation of America, shares 5 things to know about YKK
07 Oct 2019
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To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, we asked Jim Reed, president of YKK Corporation of America, to share with us some of the reasons why YKK is such a unique brand. 1. We are driven by innovation. I recently had the pleasure of accompanying Lee Smith of YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. as he toured Georgia’s Governor Kemp […]

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2019-10-07 Issue 117 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand
07 Oct 2019
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How many times have we told our children, “It would be a lot easier if you would just learn to listen?” I remember a children’s book by Howard Binkow titled, Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen. Howard was a rabbit, and he was always getting injured at school because he “just wouldn’t listen.” The teacher […]

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Universal Button’s Original Investor’s Family visits YKK
02 Oct 2019
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On September 30, 2019, William Beresford Palmer III and his daughters, Marlene Palmer Lawrence and Valerie Palmer Albright, visited YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.’s Lawrenceburg facility, the company that his grandfather, Dr. Howard W. Longyear, and his uncle, John M. Longyear, originally founded in 1895 in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Howard Longyear had the responsibility to oversee the […]

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2019-09-30 Issue 116 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships
30 Sep 2019
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As I reflected on what to write about Fundamental Behavior 14, “Invest in Relationships,” I spent weeks trying to find some snappy life experiences in relationship building to put into this article; unfortunately I could not find one! So where could I find some meaningful message or knowledge to share on the topic of relationship […]

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YKK and Cooperativa Girasole worked together on the ‘Let’s Work’ project
23 Sep 2019
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  YKK presented its latest collection AW 20/21 at Premiere Vision between 17th and 19th September at Paris Nord Villepinte. A wide range of zippers including a selection of Excella® items in various functions, finishes and lengths together with snap and button (S&B) products were featured at the YKK booth during the event. This year a special gift, a […]

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2019-09-23 Issue 115 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player
23 Sep 2019
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I love sports!  I grew up playing team sports and learned valuable lessons that can be applied to life after sports, especially in the workforce.  Team sports shaped who I am today as an employee.  I’d like to share my experiences related to #13 BE A TEAM PLAYER: (1) Training, practice and discipline.  Athletes go […]

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YKK Begins Manufacturing Eco-Friendly Zippers in the USA
16 Sep 2019
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YKK, which has saved millions of plastic bottles from landfills in the past five years with its materially recycled NATULON® zipper, announces that it will begin production of NATULON® in Macon, Georgia, further reducing the environmental impact from sourcing the products overseas and reducing lead time. NATULON® zippers are resource-conserving, recycling-oriented products made from PET […]

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2019-09-16 Issue 114 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything
16 Sep 2019
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A few  years  ago (not many), I started working in one of the largest banks in Colombia as an assistant controller. This was the job I was targeting when I was in college. After a few years, I understood that to move forward in my career I needed to offer something else to the bank. […]

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Curious to learn about YKK’s latest in zipper innovation? Watch our Tech Talk to hear from YKK’s zipper experts!
11 Sep 2019
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YKK hosted a Tech Talk by John Holliday, Senior Product Development Manager, and Terry McCullough, Sales Engineering Manager at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, Colorado. The experts discussed various aspects and advancements of some of YKK’s latest sustainable and technical products. They also discussed their differing approaches to solving their customers’ challenges through innovation.

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2019-09-09 Issue 113 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate
09 Sep 2019
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Innovation and change are the forces that move society forward and allow us to overcome the challenges of everyday living.  Just think of all the advancements in the medical field, housing construction methods, agriculture and food distribution methods, transportation, clothing manufacturing methods, IT advancements and all the other products and services that affect our daily […]

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Women Designers Series: Mary Bashay
05 Sep 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations.

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2019-09-02 Issue 112 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven
30 Aug 2019
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Let’s check the definition of “Process” in the dictionary. I found the definition below in the Cambridge Dictionary and found significant meaning in it. It says, “Process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result.” This means that we should always follow a “process” if we need to achieve a […]

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Meet the Interns: Summer Youth Works at YKK AP America Inc.
29 Aug 2019
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This summer YKK AP America Inc. hosted 5 interns at their Dublin manufacturing plant through the Summer Youth Works program. This initiative came together in partnership with the City of Dublin, Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and the Heart of Georgia College and Career Academy. The program’s objectives include increasing internship, apprenticeship and mentorship opportunities for students in and around the City of Dublin.

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YKK AP Corporation’s English Language Program Participants visit YKK AP America
27 Aug 2019
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On August 19 and August 26, a total of twenty-three participants in YKK AP Corporation’s program to improve the business English competency of YKK AP employees in Japan visited YKK AP America Inc. The delegates were selected from a group of 258 participants in a six-month online English language program. Only those who completed 100% […]

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2019-08-26 Issue 111 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments
26 Aug 2019
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This is a behavior which we must truly understand. Whenever we make a deal or we commit to perform a certain task, it is very important to comply, since that creates trust. When we fail or we do not comply with what we agreed upon, this important link is broken and it is more complicated […]

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A journey around YKK global facilities- Café Bonfino
19 Aug 2019
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YKK and coffee? You may think YKK and coffee is a strange combination. But did you know that YKK in fact grows coffee beans in Brazil? In this installment of our “A Journey around YKK global Facilities Series” we take you all the way to the 1980’s in the Central Highlands region of Brazil. The […]

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Women Designers Series: Kate Cusack
19 Aug 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. Today we’d like to introduce you to designer Kate Cusack. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Kate earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the Yale School […]

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2019-08-19 Issue 110 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority
19 Aug 2019
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Within our Core Values, there are three key areas: Employees, Society, and Customers.  When focused on customers, our Core Values direct us to “Insist on Quality in Everything.”  This holds true for both internal and external customers. There’s no question that we would not survive without our customers.  In this week’s Fundamental Behavior, the key […]

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Meet the Interns: Rosa Zavala Castillo
14 Aug 2019
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This summer we welcomed several interns to different offices within the North and Central America region. In this installment of our “Meet the Interns” series, Rosa Zavala Castillo shares her experience working in Medellin at YKK Colombia S.A.S. -Tell us about your experience working in Colombia. My internship at YKK Colombia has been one of […]

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Women Designers Series: Angela Luna
12 Aug 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. Angela Luna is the creative force behind ADIFF, a fashion brand that aims to bring circularity to the forefront of the fashion industry, setting an example for upcycling + sustainability. ADIFF develops […]

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A journey around YKK global facilities- Trend Cafe – A Coruña
12 Aug 2019
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Summer season is travel season! As a global company operating in 72 countries, we take pride in working alongside our local communities as we fulfill our founder’s philosophy of The Cycle of Goodness™. In this series, we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at some of the most impressive YKK facilities around […]

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A journey around YKK global facilities- Fastening Experience® Indonesia
12 Aug 2019
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Summer season is travel season! As a global company operating in 72 countries, we take pride in working alongside our local communities as we fulfill our founder’s philosophy of The Cycle of Goodness™. In this series, we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at some of the most impressive YKK facilities around […]

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2019-08-12 Issue 109 – Fundamental Behavior 7 – Clarify expectations then respond quickly
12 Aug 2019
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This important Fundamental Behavior reminds us to take a proactive step towards enhancing the probability that our personal service will meet (and hopefully exceed) the expectation of our internal and external customer.  Timing is critical in this case, as this action should occur at the beginning of the request and/or service agreement.  This is when […]

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Top 5 Luggage Trends for 2019- YKK Experts Series
07 Aug 2019
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Finding the right suitcase is an essential part of a successful travel experience.  When you are traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is a broken zipper or not meeting the airlines’ size restrictions. With the travel season well underway, we thought it would be the perfect time to explore this year’s travel […]

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2019-08-05 Issue 108 – Fundamental Behavior 6 – Lead by Example
05 Aug 2019
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I’ve been assigned to share with you Fundamental Behavior #6 “Lead by Example.” The concept is very easy to explain with words but the difficulty is to practice it with the people we deal with on a daily basis, whether at work or in personal matters. That’s where our challenge lies. To begin, I’d like […]

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2019-07-29 Issue 110 – Fundamental Behavior 5 – Embrace Diversity
29 Jul 2019
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I have been blessed to work for a company that I feel truly does embrace diversity and has done so since its humble beginnings. While the word “diversity” can be and has been analyzed thoroughly for all the many aspects it can represent, I would like also like to focus on the word “embrace.” “Embrace […]

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National Intern Day- Our summer interns interview Jim Reed, president of YKK Corporation of America
26 Jul 2019
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In honor of National Intern Day, Jim Reed, president of YKK Corporation of America, answers questions from our summer interns. This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming three summer interns to our office in Marietta, GA and one intern to our office in Medellin, Colombia.   Reza Talebzadeh: In your opinion, what are the key […]

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2019-07-22 Issue 106 – Fundamental Behavior 4 – Make Quality Personal
19 Jul 2019
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When you stop and think about Fundamental Behavior #4, “Make Quality Personal,” you have to realize this had to be the most important character trait of Tadao Yoshida. This was what inspired him to create an organization built on the foundation of the highest levels of quality. His motivation wasn’t just about quality in the […]

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YKK employee promotes healthy habits that help the environment and her community
17 Jul 2019
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Since this month we’re highlighting our company’s sustainability practices, we thought we’d share how our employees are taking it upon themselves to be kind to the environment and others. Rhonda Searcy is this year’s Core Values Awards winner from YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Products in Lawrenceburg, KY. Rhonda has been working at YKK […]

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YKK Announces Environmental Vision 2050
15 Jul 2019
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We are proud to announce the new YKK Group Environmental Vision 2050, “Towards a brighter future for nature and humanity,” in response to the great need for environmental actions on a global scale. The Environmental Vision defines the long-term direction for environmental initiatives that the entire YKK Group must take in order to realize a […]

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2019-07-15 Issue 105 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment
14 Jul 2019
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We all have choices in life and the ones we choose mold us into who we are today. The choice to protect our environment is one of those choices that people can make with no monetary cost involved but we gain a fruitful, life-changing experience when we make the correct choices. Those of us who […]

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2019-07-08 – Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety
08 Jul 2019
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The health and safety of each employee is our first priority. We have policies and work instructions to help ensure that tasks are being done safely, but to be best in class and ensure no one is hurt, we must take this to the next level. Every employee has a responsibility to themselves and to […]

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Meet the Interns: Cosmos Cha
02 Jul 2019
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This summer we welcomed four interns to different offices within the North and Central America region. Throughout the next few months we will be sharing interviews with them as they tell us about their experiences working at YKK Corporation of America. Meet Cosmos Cha, one of our summer business development interns. He is a senior […]

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Meet the Interns: Koei Howell
02 Jul 2019
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This summer we welcomed four interns to different offices within the North and Central America region. Throughout the next few months we will be sharing interviews with them as they tell us about their experiences working at YKK Corporation of America. Meet Koei Howell, one of our summer business development interns. Koei interned at YKK […]

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2019-07-01 Issue 103 – Fundamental Behavior 1- Do the right thing always
01 Jul 2019
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I am responsible for kicking off the 5th round of the NCA Group’s 25 Fundamental Behaviors, and I thought about what kind of message I can share with you from my experiences. With nearly 20 years of experience with YKK, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work in 7 companies in 6 […]

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Meet the Interns: Mohammadreza Talebzadeh Milani
25 Jun 2019
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This summer we welcomed four interns to different offices within the North and Central America region. Throughout the next few months we will be sharing interviews with them as they tell us about their experiences working at YKK Corporation of America. Meet Reza Talebzadeh, our summer business development intern. Reza interned at YKK Corporation of […]

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YKK Launches New Product “click-TRAK®”
24 Jun 2019
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YKK announces the launch of click-TRAK®, a zipper that makes opening and closing operations easier by replacing the insert pin with a snap button that you press together when closing the zipper. The zipper, which has been under development since 2015, was created with the aim of enabling the elderly, people with disabilities, and others […]

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Be Positive
23 Jun 2019
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Family, customers, and employees easily represents and describes YKK! These principles and foundations were and still remain the heart and soul of what our founder Tadao Yoshida visualized for current and future generations. It’s expected and up to each of us to willingly carry this torch and pass it on each day with the same […]

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YKK Begins Sale of GreenRise™ Plant-derived Zippers
20 Jun 2019
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YKK  announces the launch of GreenRise™, a new partially plant-derived zipper. The launch of this product signals YKK’s commitment to the development of environmentally friendly products aimed at contributing to a sustainable society. GreenRise™ replaces polyester made from conventional fossil fuels with a plant-based material, thereby reducing fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the […]

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YKK Tackles Plastic Waste with Zippers Made From Recycled Bottles
17 Jun 2019
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YKK is tackling the plastic waste issue with its materially recycled NATULON® zipper, which has saved millions of plastic bottles from landfills in the past five years. This is just one of the many environmentally friendly products we will showcase at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, to be held June 18 – 20, 2019 […]

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2019-06-17 Issue 101 – Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be an ambassador
16 Jun 2019
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In order to “Be an Ambassador,” let’s see what an ambassador is based on the Dictionary by Merriam-Webster.  “Ambassador” is defined as “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity or organization.”  This definition refers to the verb “act,” but an action can be simply wearing a YKK shirt, jacket […]

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YKK Experts Talk about the Latest in Zipper Innovation at 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
12 Jun 2019
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YKK will showcase its expertise in zipper innovation at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, to be held June 18 – 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. On Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 AM in booth 56030-UL, YKK will host a Tech Talk by John Holliday, Senior Product Development Manager, and Terry McCullough, Sales Engineering Manager.  […]

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2019-06-10 Issue 100 – Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give back
09 Jun 2019
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Our Fundamental Behavior this week instructs us to express gratitude for the help we’ve been given by reaching out and helping others. Jim Reed asked me to prepare this message to all of us during the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday season. All of us enjoyed this season of time to reflect on how we have been […]

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2019-06-03 Issue 99 – Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take pride in our appearance
03 Jun 2019
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The workplace has changed a great deal since I started my legal career years ago.  When I first started out as a young lawyer, at the law firm I worked for, and at most other law firms and banks, and many other work places at that time, men wore a coat and tie and women […]

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Women Designers Series: Ndeye Gueye, “The Zipper Queen”
30 May 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. Meet Ndeye Gueye AKA The Zipper Queen! Ndeye specializes in crafting jewelry made out of zippers. As a young woman, Ndeye spent most of her time between New Orleans and Senegal and […]

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2019-05-27 Issue 98 – Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be a lifelong learner
26 May 2019
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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” This quote was said by one of the most creative and curious people to have ever lived – Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Company has created entertainment since 1923. That entertainment (movies, theme […]

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2019-05-20 Issue 97 – Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay attention to the details
20 May 2019
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I have always enjoyed trying to figure out ways to do things more efficiently. As a child, whether unloading the dishwasher, or doing laundry, or weeding the garden, I always tried to get my work done faster. My favorite book in elementary school was Cheaper by the Dozen, the tale of a family with 12 […]

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Women Designers Series: Debora Crichton
13 May 2019
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Our women designers series is an on-going project to highlight innovative designers across the world that incorporate YKK® products into their unique creations. We were first introduced to Debora Crichton’s designs at the American Craft Show in Atlanta, GA a few months ago. Her unique cork origami handbags are the perfect marriage of functional design […]

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2019-05-13 Issue 96 – Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be proactive
13 May 2019
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Suppose that you are going to Japan for the first time. Do you go with no plan? Or do you do solid research in advance? When you want to get a fresh viewpoint or give priority to the impression of encounters, you may go with no plan. You can enjoy the risk and face some […]

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2019-05-06 Fundamental Behavior 95 – Issue 18 – Take ownership
06 May 2019
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A strong “sense of ownership” is essential to showing initiative and taking responsibility. Today I would like to think about this “sense of ownership.” A “sense of ownership” is one of the following three important types of awareness: (1) Problem awareness:  A state where we always keep our attention on the environment surrounding us, assessing […]

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Protecting firefighters from common firefighter safety and health hazards
02 May 2019
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As a manufacturer of heat and fire resistant NFPA compliant fasteners, YKK understands the importance of taking preventative measures to protect firefighters.  We thought you might find the following articles to be helpful in terms of identifying potential hazards and protecting firefighters. In the article, “How to conduct a firefighter PPE risk assessment, “ written […]

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2019-04-29 Issue 94 – Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice blameless problem-solving
29 Apr 2019
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It’s only human nature that when something goes wrong, our first instinct is to look for where the blame should be placed and who is at fault.  Personally, I give 100% of the credit to my parents for instilling this negative attribute in me at a very young age. (lol) I think back to when […]

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Popular Misconceptions About Caring for Jeans
25 Apr 2019
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For decades, YKK has been supplying jeans manufacturers with zippers as well as other fasteners.  As a major supplier to this industry, we thought you would find the following articles concerning myths about jeans to be helpful in caring for your jeans and ensuring that they last a long time. According to the article, “5 […]

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Did you know that leather products can change the color of a metal zipper?
23 Apr 2019
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Did you know that metal zippers can change color when they come into contact with any chemicals remaining from a leather tanning process? During the leather tanning process, tanning agents such as sulfuric acid, mineral acids, chrome compounds, tannic acid and aldehyde compounds are commonly used.   When those tanning chemicals that are used on leather […]

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2019-04-22 Issue 93 – Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide meaningful appreciation
22 Apr 2019
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Dear YKK NCA Group team, “Bless your heart.”  It’s a phrase used in the Southeast U.S. that has multiple meanings.  It can be used as a sincere expression of sympathy or genuine concern.  It can be used as a precursor to an insult to soften the blow.  It can also sometimes be used to mean, […]

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YKK Canada’s Alexandre Saade volunteers with the Club Lions Laval Renaissance to benefit people in his community
19 Apr 2019
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Alexandre Saade, assistant project manager at YKK Canada, is a member of Club Lions Laval Renaissance, an organization that raises money through volunteer activities to benefit people in the Laval community in Quebec, Canada. Commenting on what he does for the Club Lions Laval Renaissance, Saade says, “I search for organizations in our community that […]

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YKK Mexicana and YKK Snap Fasteners Manufactura Mexico are working together to become a more sustainable manufacturing company
15 Apr 2019
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Like YKK’s other manufacturing companies in the North and Central America region, YKK Mexicana, YKK’s zipper manufacturer in Mexico, and YKK Snap Fasteners Manufactura Mexico, YKK’s snap and button company in Mexico, are determined to become a more sustainable company.  They have a reuse-recycle program where a certain percentage of every kilogram of their waste […]

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2019-04-15 Issue 92 – Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to understand
15 Apr 2019
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When I was asked to pick the Fundamental Behavior for this message, there was no hesitation on my part. This week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Listen to understand,” is the one that those who work close to me around the office know is my favorite. Why? Because, admittedly, I have a bad habit of interrupting others or […]

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How to prevent metal zippers from changing color and staining a garment
12 Apr 2019
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During a garment dyeing process, different types of dyestuff and auxiliaries are used depending on the nature of the garment fabric.  For example, a sulfur dye, reactive dye or a direct dye is usually used for cotton fabrics, while an acid dye is used for dying nylon products.  Moreover, the usage of various chemicals such […]

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2019-04-08 Issue 54 – Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest in relationships
08 Apr 2019
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As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to think that we would be happier if only we had more money, a better car or a bigger house. But in fact, scientific research tells us that it’s not money that makes us happy.  Psychologist Martin Seligman’s model of happiness (PERMA) concluded that there are […]

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YKK Colombia implements the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as part of its environmental practices
02 Apr 2019
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YKK Colombia joins other YKK companies in an effort to protect the environment.  By implementing good environmental practices, the company benefits society, as well as its local community, the environment and its staff.  In its operations, YKK Colombia applies measures to classify solid waste, reduce its use of electricity and to properly use water. “Our […]

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2019-04-01 Issue 53 – Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be a team player
01 Apr 2019
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When I was young, I thought working with friends would be the best. In my imagination, if I worked with my best friends and we had a great time every day, and if the work was fun, there would be a good atmosphere of teamwork. But lately, I’ve started to change my thinking. I realized […]

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20190325 Issue 52 – Fundamental Behavior 12 – Seek improvement in everything
25 Mar 2019
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This week’s Fundamental Behavior is “Seek Improvement in Everything.”  Like most of the Behaviors we touch on each week, this week’s Behavior is connected to our other Fundamental Behaviors. My favorite part of the description for Seek Improvement in Everything is, “Don’t be satisfied with the status quo. ‘Because we’ve always done it that way’ […]

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YKK North and Central America region celebrates International Women’s Day
22 Mar 2019
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Today and everyday we honor the work of our female colleagues around the world. To celebrate, we are joining the International Women’s Day organization as they explore this year’s theme #balanceforbetter. Join us this month as we showcase our colleagues from the North and Central America region and share their thoughts about this important topic.

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2019-03-18 – Issue 91 – Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate
18 Mar 2019
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Innovation is the backbone of any successful company. YKK has strong traditions and those should be respected, but we should not let those traditions hinder innovation. The goal of innovation is to create value for our external customers, internal customers (i.e., employees), and society. The business world is full of companies that have thrived on […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.’s Margaret Mimbs teaches at the company’s talent training center
14 Mar 2019
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Today we continue our series on International Women’s Day with an article about Margaret Mimbs, a 44 year veteran with YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. at its manufacturing center in Macon, Georgia. Since March of 2018, Mimbs has been working as the senior training supervisor at the YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Talent Education Center at its facility in […]

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How to protect your workers from an arc flash incident
12 Mar 2019
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According to the Occupational Health & Safety Association (OSHA), every year in the U.S., workers are killed or permanently injured by arch flashes, fiery explosions that can result from short circuits in high power electrical devices. Not only can these explosions be deadly, but they can also result in serious financial losses including fines, lawsuits, […]

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YKK Becomes Only Zipper Manufacturer in Bangladesh to be Certified by Alliance
11 Mar 2019
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In December 2018, YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd became the only zipper manufacturer in Bangladesh to be certified by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (“Alliance”), formed in the immediate aftermath to the Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24, 2013, which killed 1,134 workers and critically injured thousands more, […]

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2019-03-11 Issue 90 – Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be process driven
11 Mar 2019
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  I would like to start off this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Be Process Driven,” with a few profound thoughts: The workplace is a teacher. You can find answers only in the workplace. Waste is hidden. Do not hide it. Make problems visible. These two statements came from Taiichi Ohno’s “Ten Precepts” to think and act […]

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How to properly match a zipper color to your garment
07 Mar 2019
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Imagine you have created a whole new line of jackets for your brand that are bluish gray in color, and you have installed zippers into these jackets that you thought were the same bluish gray color.  However, when you take one of those jackets outside into daylight, the zipper inside of the jacket appears to […]

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2019-03-04 Issue 89 – Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor commitments
04 Mar 2019
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As I write to you this week I am coming up on my two year anniversary of joining YKK. One of the many things that I have come to appreciate working here has been the fact that the company’s Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors align with those that my parents have instilled in me since […]

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YKK El Salvador implements many sustainable practices to help preserve the environment
26 Feb 2019
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YKK El Salvador is another YKK company within the North and Central America region that has implemented several environmental practices to help protect the environment.  One activity of great importance for YKK El Salvador is its tree planting day, which takes place annually involving employees and its neighborhood to which the company belongs.  This core […]

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2019-02-25 Issue 88 – Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make customers a priority
25 Feb 2019
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Who is a customer? I have always been fascinated by this question and the overall concept of customer. To me, it is really a philosophical question and a matter of perspective that is hard to conceptually define. While Merriam-Webster dictionary defines customer as “a person or organization that buys goods or services from a store […]

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Yoshida Scholarship Foundation – Carter Center Internship application now open
22 Feb 2019
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YKK Corporation’s educational foundation, The Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, is currently seeking Japanese nationals to participate in a 9-12 month paid internship at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Candidates with background in African Studies, Humanities, Law, Political Science or a related field are encouraged to apply. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter […]

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2019-02-18 Issue 87 Fundamental Behavior 7 Clarify Expectations, Then Respond Quickly
19 Feb 2019
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In today’s fast-moving world, this Fundamental Behavior, which seems straightforward at first glance, has actually become a challenge for many of us. Email and other forms of constantly tethered communication have become so ingrained in our work and personal lives that we don’t always give it a second thought. However, whether via email, text, phone […]

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2019-02-11 Issue 86 Fundamental Behavior 6 Lead By Example
19 Feb 2019
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This week’s Fundamental Behavior, Lead by example, is very personal to me. In 1994, as a young adult, I had the privilege to personally experience the end of apartheid in South Africa. When I think back to 1994 and the years following the democratic election of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, or more […]

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2019-02-04 Issue 85 Fundamental Behavior 5 Embrace Diversity
19 Feb 2019
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Globally, the barriers to people moving across boarders are increasingly being lowered, and people from all over the world visit various countries and regions and interact with the people living there. Japan is no exception, but when I visited Tokyo for the first time in 1995, I did not see many non-Japanese people. However, the […]

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2019-01-28 Issue 84 Fundamental Behavior 4 Make Quality Personal
19 Feb 2019
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Some of us were lucky enough to have had one or two really great teachers when we were in school. Mine was Mr. Gupton. He taught French and English grammar in my middle school. Mr. Gupton was a very intelligent and witty man. He was also legendarily demanding. He had a passion for excellence and […]

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2019-01-21 Issue 83 Fundamental Behavior 3 Protect The Environment
19 Feb 2019
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YKK Macon manufacturing generally hosts around 40 customer tours/meetings each year. When I am presenting an overview to them, I usually make the comment that YKK was “green” before it was cool to say it. That always gets a smile or a chuckle out of most people, but it is very true. Our founder, Mr. […]

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2019-01-14 Issue 82 Fundamental Behavior 2 Be Vigilant About Safety
19 Feb 2019
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Do you know how to say “safety” in Japanese? We say “AN-ZEN.” In English we use the alphabet, and in Japanese we use characters called “kanji.” Each kanji has its own meaning. The meaning of the characters “AN” and “ZEN” are “peaceful” (AN) and “nothing lacking” (ZEN). In other words, the word “AN-ZEN” means “there […]

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2019-01-07 Issue 81 Fundamental Behavior 1 Do The Right Thing, Always
19 Feb 2019
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While I write this message, the country is celebrating the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush. I have always thought that Bush #1 was one of the best presidents we have had in the modern age. Many would argue with me on this point, and there is plenty of room to argue, but I […]

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2019-12-10 Issue 80 Fundamental Behavior 25 Be Positive
19 Feb 2019
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Psychologists, through their studies on the evolution of humankind, believe that we are hardwired toward negative thinking — the fight or flight premise. While the fears and threats of today are not compatible with those of early humankind, some suggest that we remain inherently predisposed to have negative thoughts. So if we are already doomed […]

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2019-12-03 Issue 79 Fundamental Behavior 24 Be An Ambassador
19 Feb 2019
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When I was 14 years old, I traveled to Japan for the first time as an exchange student. Foreigners were a rarer sight in Japan at that time than they are now, especially in rural Hiroshima, and my blond hair and blue eyes made me doubly conspicuous. I had left the United States as an […]

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2019-11-26 Issue 78 Fundamental Behavior 23 Give Back
19 Feb 2019
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“No one prospers without rendering benefit to others.” Our founder Tadao Yoshida put it best when he established our corporate philosophy, the CYCLE OF GOODNESS. Mr. Yoshida was dedicated to this way of thinking, and over the years I have experienced first-hand the positive energy of this philosophy as it has continued to permeate our […]

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2018-11-19 Issue 77 Fundamental Behavior 22 Take Pride In Our Appearance
19 Feb 2019
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Before I came to YKK, and before I even went to law school, I was a commercial real estate broker. As is typical of kids coming out of college with a degree in Foreign Affairs, two things were certain: #1) I had very few useful skills, and #2) I was completely ignorant of #1. In […]

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2018-11-12 Issue 76 Fundamental Behavior 21 Be A Lifelong Learner
19 Feb 2019
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The poet and philosopher Paul Valéry once wrote, “The future…is no longer quite what it used to be.” Try explaining a social media manager, ride share service driver, or drone operator to someone 25 years ago and you will see Valéry’s point. The BBC estimates that 1/3 of children entering elementary school today will ultimately […]

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2018-11-05 Issue 75 Fundamental Behavior 20 Pay Attention To The Details
19 Feb 2019
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Nick Saban, one of the all-time great college football coaches with the University of Alabama, said, “It’s not human nature to be great. It’s human nature to survive, to be average and do what you need to do to get by. That is normal. When you have something great happen, it’s the special people that […]

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2018-10-29 Issue 74 Fundamental Behavior 19 Be Proactive
19 Feb 2019
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When we read the description of this week’s Fundamental Behavior, “Be Proactive,” we can probably agree that life would be better and run smoother if everyone lived and acted this way. However, the reality is that many of us are just going through the motions of life, following the routines we have set at home […]

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2018-10-22 Issue 73 Fundamental Behavior 18 Take Ownership
19 Feb 2019
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What does “Take Ownership” mean? I think it means to have a sense of involvement and responsibility, to think about the role you play in various tasks, and to see things through to the end without giving up. YKK Taiwan’s Zhong-Li Factory had undergone expansion several times since its founding and was an old and […]

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2018-10-15 Issue 72 Fundamental Behavior 17 Practice Blameless Problem-Solving
19 Feb 2019
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Alan Mulally, described by Wikipedia as “an American engineer and business executive,” left the role of CEO at Boeing and became President and CEO of Ford Motor Company in 2006. Little did he know at the time that he was about to face the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression and a cataclysm for […]

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2018-10-08 Issue 71 Fundamental Behavior 16 Provide Meaningful Appreciation
19 Feb 2019
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Living and working with other people is complicated, even challenging. But we humans are social animals and we need to operate in groups in order to survive and thrive. We are designed to be emotionally sensitive to verbal and non-verbal cues from others in our group. We wince when we get signals from others in […]

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2018-10-01 Issue 70 Fundamental Behavior 15 Listen To Understand
19 Feb 2019
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Fundamental Behavior #15 is about being a good listener. What does that really mean? I recently read an article which pointed out that hearing is a physical ability, while listening is a skill. But we all speak to each other and listen to each other every day. So we already have listening skills, right? Do […]

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2018-09-24 Issue 69 Fundamental Behavior 14 Invest In Relationships
19 Feb 2019
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In 1972, YKK was looking for a site to build a factory in the U.S. The team looked at several promising sites in a number of states. YKK was looking for a US home and was committed to developing a long term relationship with a community. The mayor of Macon, Georgia and his team also […]

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2018-09-17 Issue 68 Fundamental Behavior 13 Be A Team Player
19 Feb 2019
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Conventional wisdom tells us that 1+1=2. When it comes to teamwork, combined efforts are exponential, more like 2² or 4. Let me share with you a story that demonstrates the power of what a modest size team of people can do in just a couple of minutes… In the small town of Bruno outside of […]

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2018-09-10 Issue 67 Fundamental Behavior 12 Seek Improvement In Everything
19 Feb 2019
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No Brit had ever won the Tour de France. It was 2010 and Dave Brailsford was tasked with changing that fact when he took the job as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky, Great Britain’s professional cycling team. Dave brought with him a ‘secret’ weapon he called ‘aggregation of marginal gains,’ […]

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2018-09-03 Issue 66 Fundamental Behavior 11 Innovate
19 Feb 2019
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YKK has a simple mission – to serve our customers and our communities. We succeed in that mission when we not only meet their needs, but exceed their expectations. Their needs are not static. Their needs are always changing. We satisfy those changing needs by coming up with new products and ways to make and […]

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2018-08-27 Issue 65 Fundamental Behavior 10 Be Process-Driven
19 Feb 2019
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Processes are everywhere in both our personal lives and YKK. We would have chaos in both without good processes. Imagine customer orders, supplier orders, manufacturing, product development, product selling prices, product costing, hazardous waste disposal, safety, logistics, information technology, accounting, human resources, etc. without any procedures/rules. It would not be pretty. Companies that develop the […]

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2018-08-20 Issue 64 Fundamental Behavior 9 Honor Commitments
19 Feb 2019
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Successful relationships are built on a foundation of trust and respect. One of the best ways to build this foundation is by doing what we say we will do: “Honor Commitments.” We all recognize the importance of honoring commitments, but in actual practice many of us struggle and know we can do better. I struggle […]

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2018-08-13 Issue 63 Fundamental Behavior 8 Make Customers A Priority
19 Feb 2019
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Customers and employees represent two of the three pillars of YKK’s Core Values. Striving to meet and exceed their changing needs and expectations enables us to become better business partners for our customers, provide an enhanced environment and preferred place of work for our employees, and in turn contribute more to our local communities and […]

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2018-08-06 Issue 62 Fundamental Behavior 7 Clarify Expectations, Then Respond Quickly
19 Feb 2019
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Robin Sharma, an internationally known leadership expert, once said, “Clarity precedes success.” I think this simple statement can be seen as a life lesson and a work mantra that we can all benefit from, whether it is applied to customers, leaders, employees, managers, colleagues, or even in our personal relationships with family and friends. At […]

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2018-07-30 Issue 61 Fundamental Behavior 6 Lead By Example
19 Feb 2019
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Fundamental Behavior #6 is “Lead by example.” This behavior is not just for YKK’s supervisors, managers and senior leaders; it is for all of us. Regardless of our positions or titles, it is important to recognize that whether we feel we are one or not, each of us is a leader. This is equally true […]

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2018-07-23 Issue 60 Fundamental Behavior 5 Embrace Diversity
19 Feb 2019
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When the word “diversity” comes to mind, many people most often think of the color of one’s skin or gender. While these aspects of diversity are all critical to a vibrant culture, when I became the president of YKK AP America and considered how to strengthen an inclusive environment in our organization, the diversity of […]

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2018-07-16 Issue 59 Fundamental Behavior 4 Make Quality Personal
19 Feb 2019
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What we do is much more than simply making windows or doors, or zippers, or straps, or buttons. We make things so well that we can be entrusted to make the things that keep people safe, and that even save their lives. Our Protek® line of windows, for example, shield people from hurricanes and blasts, […]

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2018-07-09 Issue 58 Fundamental Behavior 3 Protect The Environment
19 Feb 2019
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Summer is here! Time to go outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Whether your favorite outdoor activity is hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean or lake, or just relaxing outside , we all need and enjoy clean air, clean water, and clean natural areas in which to live, work and play. But, as […]

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2018-07-02 Issue 57 Fundamental Behavior 2 Be Vigilant About Safety
19 Feb 2019
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Last month, a YKK employee at a facility outside of the NCA region was killed at work when he fell from a ladder. I think we all have been up on a ladder at some point in our lives. And I’m sure few of us have thought about the safety risks presented by using something […]

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2018-06-25 Issue 56 Fundamental Behavior 1 Do The Right Thing, Always
19 Feb 2019
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Fundamental Behavior 1 is “Do The Right Thing, Always.” It is not an accident that we chose this as our first Fundamental Behavior, as it sets the pathway for becoming the people and company with which we should all want to be associated. I remember when I was a sales representative calling on a prospective […]

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2018-06-18 Issue 55 Fundamental Behavior 25 Be Positive
19 Feb 2019
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‘You have the power!’ That is how this week’s Fundamental Behavior starts. Each of us is empowered to choose our attitude. I believe it. As with the other 24 Fundamental Behaviors, the power to be positive is an active choice we can make, nurture, and develop with practice. I really like thinking about how I […]

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2018-06-11 Issue 51 Fundamental Behavior 24 Be An Ambassador
19 Feb 2019
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I really love telling people I work for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. I tell them the name is too long to fit on a zipper so we call it ‘YKK.’ One of three things will happen, they will either 1) recognize our products immediately and they will compliment me on our quality products, 2) they will […]

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2017-09-11 Issue 14 Fundamental Behavior 13 – Be A Team Player
19 Feb 2019
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I love it when guests who have visited different YKK companies in the NCA region tell me that there is something about the people in our companies from Canada to Colombia that is very similar, even though the businesses, the languages, and the cultures are different. After a little discussion with them, it’s clear to […]

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2018-06-04 Issue 50 Fundamental Behavior 23 Give Back
19 Feb 2019
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Humor me for a few minutes. Pretend for a minute that you feel terrible. Pretend you are 30 pounds overweight, have high blood pressure, lack energy, feel depressed, and generally have low self-esteem. Now pretend your _____ (spouse, significant other, mom, dad, brother, sister) is worried about you. They bother you for weeks to go […]

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2018-05-28 Issue 49 Fundamental Behavior 22 Take Pride In Our Appearance
19 Feb 2019
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Mr. Miyamoto is a friend of mine. He recently retired from YKK Corporation, but those of you lucky enough to have met him know what a cool guy he is. When I first met him, he was in charge of environmental compliance and he was coming all the way from Japan to the U.S. to […]

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2018-05-21 Issue 48 Fundamental Behavior 21 Be A Lifelong Learner
19 Feb 2019
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My grandparents on my father’s side were lifelong learners. They were always curious about and fascinated by new things. I admired them greatly for that, and hope that I can maintain the same practice they did. I think the practice of learning makes for a more fulfilled and happy life. Of course, we live in […]

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2018-05-14 Issue 47 Fundamental Behavior 20 Pay Attention To The Details
19 Feb 2019
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Everyone makes mistakes, and almost every mistake can be forgiven. The fact is, however, mistakes steal from our credibility, no matter how honest or trivial. It is not fair, but it is a fact of life. It may be as simple as a spelling error in a presentation, or as serious as sending out a […]

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2018-05-07 Issue 46 Fundamental Behavior 19 Be Proactive
19 Feb 2019
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Try this exercise right before you walk into the door of your home tonight – Sit quietly outside your house or apartment for one minute (60 seconds) and think about the members of your family and what they are doing inside. Think about what kind of environment you want experience when you get inside. Then, […]

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2018-04-30 Issue 45 Fundamental Behavior 18 Take Ownership
19 Feb 2019
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In the first few years of my legal career, my office was next door to another junior attorney, Rob. Rob had a brusque manner, but he was a good guy and I really liked him. He did not have a fancy pedigree, and, like me, he was happy to have a job. He was also […]

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2018-04-23 Issue 44 Fundamental Behavior 17 Practice Blameless Problem-Solving
19 Feb 2019
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Tadao Yoshida once wrote about a time when a security guard in Kurobe was lax in performing his duties, and, as a result, thieves stole some money. Ashamed and wracked with guilt, the guard traveled all the way to Tokyo to sorrowfully present his apologies and resignation to Tadao Yoshida. And President Yoshida did chastise […]

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2018-04-16 Issue 43 Fundamental Behavior 16 Provide Meaningful Appreciation
19 Feb 2019
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Play ball! The baseball season is upon us, and I look forward to catching an Atlanta Braves or a Macon Bacon game this summer. I always like it when the crowd does the ‘wave.’ I love watching it roll across the stadium. Everyone participates and it always makes me smile. I think we should start […]

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2018-04-09 Issue 42 Fundamental Behavior 15 Listen To Understand
19 Feb 2019
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Here is a letter I feel like writing from time to time. Dear ‘That Guy,’ I am going to let you in on a little secret everyone else in the room already knows – we can all tell when you are not listening and are just waiting for a chance to speak. Your body language […]

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2018-04-02 Issue 41 Fundamental Behavior 14 Invest In Relationships
19 Feb 2019
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It is commonly understood that you must invest in your business. You must invest in equipment, you must invest in materials, and you must invest in your employees. One of the most significant reasons for YKK’s global success over the long term has been that we also make long term investments in relationships. Relationships are […]

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2018-03-26 Issue 40 Fundamental Behavior 13 Be A Team Player
19 Feb 2019
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I recently learned why geese fly in a ‘V’ formation. I had always imagined they were doing it because it was an effective way to follow the leader. I always wondered what special skills the lead goose had. As with most leaders, the answer is that she is not special. All geese in the gaggle […]

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2018-03-19 Issue 39 Fundamental Behavior 12 Seek Improvement In Everything
19 Feb 2019
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In 1984, when I was in high school, I was a member of a golf course grounds crew (think of the movie ‘Caddyshack,’ except not funny). We mowed. A lot. Every Wednesday, four of us would start at the first tee and mow around every tree, going from hole to hole as a mower gang […]

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2018-03-12 Issue 38 Fundamental Behavior 11 Innovate
19 Feb 2019
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“I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan Why am I talking about failure instead of […]

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2018-03-05 Issue 37 Fundamental Behavior 10 Be Process-Driven
19 Feb 2019
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“If you cannot describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you are doing.” This quote comes from W. Edwards Deming, the legendary professor and management consultant credited with helping inspire the Japan’s post-war economic miracle. I have the great privilege to meet with YKK colleagues throughout the NCA region and […]

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2018-02-26 Issue 36 Fundamental Behavior 9 Honor Commitments
19 Feb 2019
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The meeting was scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. It was a large YKK Group meeting. It was my first one and I was eager to set a good example. I wanted to make sure I was there early and I figured 30 minutes was plenty of time (that was my first mistake). I pulled […]

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2018-02-19 Issue 35 Fundamental Behavior 8 Make Customers A Priority
19 Feb 2019
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We are a great business made up of great people doing great things for the community and the world. Still, we are a business, and as a business, we need customers. Since customers always have choices, we need for them to choose to do business with us. We do so many things right to make […]

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2018-02-12 Issue 34 Fundamental Behavior 7 Clarify Expectations, Then Respond Quickly
19 Feb 2019
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I think this Fundamental Behavior is the key to a great career and a bright future, at least from a tactical perspective. Can you imagine how much less stress and conflict we would have if we all did these two actions all the time? It’s simple, right? Everyone clearly explains what is needed and everyone […]

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2018-02-05 Issue 33 Fundamental Behavior 6 Lead By Example
19 Feb 2019
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You are the first one in each morning. You are the last one to leave each night. You work hard and you get things done. You always have time to listen, and, if absolutely necessary, talk. You follow all the company rules, even if no one is checking. You greet everyone you see on the […]

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2018-01-29 Issue 32 Fundamental Behavior 5 Embrace Diversity
19 Feb 2019
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If, like me, you are a fan of the science shows you see on the Discovery Channel or PBS, then you have seen the ones about how the different ecosystems around the planet work. From the rainforest to the desert, diversity is critical to the sustainable health of that ecosystem. Each plant, animal, and bug […]

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2018-01-22 Issue 31 Fundamental Behavior 4 Make Quality Personal
19 Feb 2019
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They make airtight and watertight zippers in Macon, Georgia called Proseal® zippers (check them out at www.ykknorthamerica.com). These are special ‘life and limb’ critical zippers. They must be airtight and watertight because they go into things like hazmat suits and emergency dry suits. Even a small leak can mean the person using it will die […]

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2018-01-15 Issue 30 Fundamental Behavior 3 Protect The Environment
19 Feb 2019
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Protecting the environment is YKK’s highest business priority, and that is not just corporate fluff! This command came directly from Chairman Yoshida when, in 1994, he set the YKK Group’s Environmental Pledge, which reads in part: “The YKK Group proclaims that it will address and promote ‘harmony with the environment’ as the highest priority of […]

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2018-01-08 Issue 29 Fundamental Behavior 2 Be Vigilant About Safety
19 Feb 2019
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“Worry about the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves,” is an old saying about money that can also be applied to safety. Focus on the ‘small’ every day safety requirements and the big problem of injury accidents will go away. I had the pleasure of working for Georgia-Pacific before I had the […]

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2018-01-02 Issue 28 Fundamental Behavior 1 Do The Right Thing, Always
19 Feb 2019
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Happy New Year! I am delighted to have this opportunity to pick up where Alex left off last December and share my thoughts with you as we begin Round 2 of discussions on the NCA Group Fundamental Behaviors. The economy was still in recession in 1995 when I came out of law school, but I […]

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2017-12-04 Issue 26 Fundamental Behavior 25 Be Positive
19 Feb 2019
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When we were discussing the concept of Fundamental Behaviors with David Friedman (the individual who created the concept), he stressed to us the importance of “ritualizing” the Behaviors by discussing them again and again and again. The goal, he said, was to ingrain the Behaviors into our subconscious minds so that we didn’t really have […]

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2017-11-27 Issue 25 Fundamental Behavior 24 – Be An Ambassador
19 Feb 2019
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As we approach the last two of our Fundamental Behaviors, I hope everyone can see how related all 25 are to each other. Yesterday I saw the preliminary results of the recent survey where we asked some of you which of the Behaviors is your favorite. Thus far, the favorite is #1, “Do the right […]

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2017-11-20 Issue 24 Fundamental Behavior 23 – Give Back
19 Feb 2019
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There is not a doubt in my mind that you are the most generous people I have had the privilege of knowing. Your generosity to one another and to the communities in which you live and work is exemplary and truly extraordinary. You have proven that “giving back” is not just about making donations to […]

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2017-11-13 Issue 23 Fundamental Behavior 22 – Take Pride In Our Appearance
19 Feb 2019
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I very much appreciate having this opportunity to share with you my thoughts about these Fundamental Behaviors. These messages have allowed me to share with you some of my observations about our company’s colorful history since 1973. In the months and years to follow, many of you will have a similar opportunity to share your […]

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2017-11-06 Issue 22 Fundamental Behavior 21 – Be A Lifelong Learner
19 Feb 2019
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Do you consider yourself to be a lifetime learner? Do you have a natural curiosity that inspires you to learn more about the world around you? These are questions we all need to consider and answer for ourselves, no matter how young or old we are. I know that even at my age (definitely not […]

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2017-10-30 Issue 21 Fundamental Behavior 20 – Pay Attention To The Details
19 Feb 2019
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This week we’re discussing paying attention to the details. I’d like to share with you something that happened to me almost forty years ago that is a good example of someone not paying attention to details. In 1980, I was testifying before the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., about a patent infringement charge that […]

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2017-10-23 Issue 20 Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be Proactive
19 Feb 2019
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Those of you who have been around YKK for a few decades know that in the old days we took the concept of “learn from your mistakes” to a whole new, unfortunate level. We learned a lot because we made a lot of mistakes. During those early years when we were working so hard and […]

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2017-10-16 Issue 19 Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take Ownership
19 Feb 2019
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I encourage you to read the explanation shown above for Fundamental Behavior #18, “Take ownership.” Those sentences pretty much say everything that I want to say. It’s all about taking personal responsibility. Isn’t it refreshing to see someone exhibit personal responsibility these days? Too often we see people doing just the opposite: blaming others for […]

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2017-10-09 Issue 18 Fundamental Behavior 17 – Practice Blameless Problem Solving
19 Feb 2019
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Doesn’t it make you angry when something goes wrong and some people take great delight in saying, “I told you this wouldn’t work.” Sometimes they whisper those words; other times they take great pride in blurting it out for everyone to hear, often to the embarrassment of someone in particular. They’re the same people who […]

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2017-10-02 Issue 17 Fundamental Behavior 16 – Provide Meaningful Appreciation
19 Feb 2019
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Please allow me to over-simplify by saying there are two schools of thought regarding showing appreciation. On the one hand are the people who think, “Why should I thank someone for doing something they should be doing anyway?” I hope you are not in that group. The rest of us see the value in showing […]

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2017-09-25 Issue 16 Fundamental Behavior 15 – Listen to Understand
19 Feb 2019
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I’m going to take a different approach in my message this week about Behavior #15, “Listen to understand.” For the past 14 weeks I have written a message intended for everyone. This week I want to speak only to you … yes, you. To no one else. As you read this message, you will think […]

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2017-09-18 Issue 15 Fundamental Behavior 14 – Invest In Relationships
19 Feb 2019
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Most relationships with our neighbors and friends evolve naturally with little effort by anyone, and as we get to know these people in our lives better, we decide (often subconsciously) how close a relationship we wish to have with them. In a working environment, however, things are a little more complicated. Working with others is […]

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2017-09-04 Issue 13 Fundamental Behavior 12 Seek Improvement In Everything
19 Feb 2019
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My hope is that during your discussions of our Fundamental Behaviors over these twelve weeks you have noticed how closely linked many of them are to each other, to our Cycle of Goodness philosophy, and to our three Core Values. This week’s behavior, “Seek improvement in everything,” is no exception, as it is directly related […]

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2017-08-28 Issue 12 Fundamental Behavior 11 – Innovate.
19 Feb 2019
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In October of 2011, I was driving to Macon for our annual R&D meeting, which includes the presentation of awards to our very talented engineers for new their new patents, and I heard on the radio that Steve Jobs had died. In my comments at the close of the R&D meeting, I shared the following […]

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2017-08-21 Issue 11 Fundamental Behavior 10 – Be Process Driven
19 Feb 2019
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I often share our Fundamental Behaviors wallet card with people I meet. As they scan the list of behaviors, they often say, “Tell me about ‘Be process-driven,’” because it is so different from the other behaviors. Maybe some of you have the same question. Many organizations say they are “results driven.” As a business, of […]

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2017-08-14 Issue 10 Fundamental Behavior 9 – Honor Commitments
19 Feb 2019
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Honoring commitments is so easy to say; but often so difficult to do. But really, all we need to do to honor our commitments is do what we said we’d do in the first place. It’s about keeping our word in order to earn another person’s trust. When we tell friends we’ll meet them at […]

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2017-08-07 Issue 9 Fundamental Behavior 8 – Make Customers A Priority
19 Feb 2019
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In several of these behaviors, we are being asked to broaden our concept of certain terms. For example, we have learned that safety is everyone’s responsibility, quality cannot be achieved without everyone’s involvement, and we all are leaders. In this week’s topic, we learn that we have both internal and external customers. It’s obvious who […]

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2017-07-31 Issue 8 Fundamental Behavior 7 – Clarify Expectations, Then Respond Quickly.
19 Feb 2019
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All 25 of our Fundamental Behaviors are important, but I have to confess that I am especially fond of this one. I truly believe that if we all follow the simple guidelines it offers, our work lives (and probably our lives at home, too) would be so much more productive and free of stress. The […]

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2017-07-24 Issue 7 Fundamental Behavior 6 – Lead By Example.
19 Feb 2019
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I was in a meeting recently and Allen Bogenschutz, YCA’s vice president of risk management, asked the audience, “How many of you are responsible for safety?” It was a trick question because he wanted everyone’s hand to go up because we’re all responsible for safety. Along these same lines, I could ask, “How many of […]

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2017-07-17 Issue 6 Fundamental Behavior 5 – Embrace Diversity.
19 Feb 2019
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This week we are going to discuss a critically important Fundamental Behavior, “Embrace Diversity.” As you have your discussions, I’d like you to consider the following points: What is diversity? Diversity can be defined in many different ways, but I’d like to share one thought-provoking definition I read recently: “Diversity is a commitment to recognizing […]

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2017-07-10 Issue 5 Fundamental Behavior 4 – Make Quality Personal.
19 Feb 2019
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Anyone who has worked with our customers at YKK or YKK AP knows how critically important quality is. In almost every instance, our YKK and YKK AP products are components of something having considerably more total value than the cost of our product. But in every instance, the quality of the expensive product the consumer […]

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2017-06-26 Issue 4 Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect The Environment
19 Feb 2019
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Safety (Fundamental Behavior #2) and protecting the environment (Fundamental Behavior #3) are two core concepts have been part of YKK’s philosophy from the beginning and will not be compromised. YKK founder Tadao Yoshida often spoke of his love for nature, once stating, “[True] wealth means being able to make products continuously while maintaining clean water […]

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2017-06-19 Issue 3 Fundamental Behavior 2 – Be Vigilant About Safety
19 Feb 2019
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My father worked in a cotton mill until the day that he died from a heart attack at 55. In summers and during Christmas when I was in high school, I worked in the cotton mill, filling in on second and third shift. One day after a bad accident, my father asked me, “How do […]

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2017-06-12 Issue 2 Fundamental Behavior 1 – Do The Right Thing, Always
19 Feb 2019
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Long before we had YKK’s three Core Values, we had Tadao Yoshida’s Cycle of Goodness to guide us. This philosophy teaches us, “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others.” This philosophy was explained to me over the years by different people in very different ways, but the explanation which made the most lasting impression […]

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How to maintain and repair the zipper in your boots
19 Feb 2019
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For decades, YKK has been manufacturing zippers to go into boots.  Whether they are plastic coil or metal, these fasteners are integral to the life of a pair of boots. Since it is boot season, we thought some useful tips on how to maintain and repair zippers in boots would come in handy. The article, […]

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Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand at YKK
12 Feb 2019
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John Edward Holliday Jr., senior product development manager at YKK (U.S.A) Inc., shares his thoughts about the relationship between innovation and sustainability in the manufacturing sector. Why is innovation important in our industry? Innovation is one of the key tools that we have to gain new business and expand into new markets. Although competitive price […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
30 Jan 2019
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We are pleased to announce that YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an industry-wide group working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world. The SAC was incorporated as a 501c(6) nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools […]

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YKK sponsors North American International Auto Show 2019 Charity Preview Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
22 Jan 2019
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You may know YKK best for the zippers in your jeans and jackets, but did you know that YKK makes many products for the transportation industry? Take a look at this video, filmed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, featuring some of the YKK products that can be found in your cars, trucks, […]

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18th YKK Fastening Awards
21 Jan 2019
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Each year, YKK hosts the YKK Fastening Awards, a fashion design contest for fashion design students studying in Japan focused on fastening products such as zippers, hook & loop fasteners, buckles, and snaps & buttons. Every autumn, 30 works chosen from the entries are debuted at a fashion show in Tokyo. Check out the Grand-Prix […]

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YKK Canada carries out sustainable manufacturing practices to reduce its environmental footprint
15 Jan 2019
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YKK Canada Inc. is another company within the YKK North and Central America group that is committed to protecting the environment.  With its manufacturing headquarters located in Montreal, Canada, the company offers a full line of metal, coil and plastic zippers, plus hook and loop, plastic buckles, and webbings. Guided by the YKK Group Environmental […]

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YKK AP America Inc. is committed to protecting the natural environment where its plant is located
03 Jan 2019
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YKK’s architectural products company, YKK AP America Inc. is another YKK company that is dedicated to developing sustainable manufacturing practices to help preserve the environment.  The company has a manufacturing center located on 204 acres of land in Dublin, Georgia.  One hundred and twenty acres of this land is still maintained as a natural habitat, […]

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YKK Corporation sponsors Arts of Fashion Foundation’s International Competition
02 Jan 2019
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On Sunday December 16th and Monday December 17th, the Arts of Fashion Foundation, a San Francisco-based fashion education 501 (C)(3) non-profit, held its 2018 Symposium, which culminated with the 2018 Arts of Fashion International Competition on Monday night. The sponsorship of YKK Corporation and the support of VIP guests made possible the two days of […]

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Tape Craft Corporation’s comprehensive recycling program is dedicated to reducing its footprint
11 Dec 2018
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Guided by the YKK Group Environmental Pledge, Tape Craft Corporation’s Environmental Management System has been ISO 14001 certified since 2007.  An ISO 14001 environmental management system is a systematic and process driven approach to controlling the aspects of the business that have a significant impact on the environment. Tape Craft Corporation, a manufacturer of webbing, […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap & Button Products applies recycling practices to help preserve the environment
11 Dec 2018
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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap & Button Products is another company within the YKK North and Central America region that is focused on helping to protect the environment.   Located on approximately 90 acres in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the company is a world-class supplier of metal notions with a customer list that includes major manufacturers of jeans, jackets, […]

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The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Anaheim, California facility runs completely on solar power
06 Dec 2018
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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has a fastener assembly plant and office in Anaheim, California, and they are proud of the fact that their facility is running completely on solar energy.  In 2014, YKK began researching the possibility of solar energy use at one of its locations, and determined that its Anaheim facility would be the best […]

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The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. National Manufacturing Center in Macon, Georgia implements sustainable manufacturing processes
29 Nov 2018
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Today we continue our series of articles which explain what each of our facilities are doing to be a more environmentally friendly company. The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. National Manufacturing Center in Macon, Georgia, which produces zippers and other fastening products, is another YKK company that is dedicated to being a sustainable manufacturing company.  They have […]

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National S.T.E.M/ S.T.E.A.M Day Series
19 Nov 2018
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According to the National Center for Women in Technology, the number of U.S. computing-related job openings expected by 2026 will be 3.5 million. However, only 17% of these jobs can be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients by 2026. As the demand for talent in the tech industry continues to grow, it is important […]

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YKK USA’s Field Technology Center takes YKK’s environmental pledge to heart
12 Nov 2018
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Long before it became cool for companies to promote their sustainable manufacturing practices, in 1994 YKK’s former chairman and CEO, Tadahiro Yoshida, established the YKK Group Environmental Pledge.  It states that, “The YKK Group proclaims that it will address and promote ‘harmony with the environment’ as the highest priority of its business activities.” In addition […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.’s Business Process Excellence pillar helps improve the company’s business process and employee engagement
25 Oct 2018
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Today we continue our series on how YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has benefited from its Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program and how it has reached a $ 2 million savings plateau as a result of this program. Kozue Childress is director of supply chain management for YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Macon, Georgia, and she is also […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. reaches $2 million in savings through its Total Productive Maintenance program
24 Oct 2018
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In August of 2018, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Macon, Georgia reached a $2 million savings plateau through its Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program.  According to Melissa Morin, the continuous improvement leader for both YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Macon, Georgia and YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, this savings was achieved with the help of 48 […]

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Myth: Manufacturing only does traditional advertising
18 Oct 2018
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Today we continue our series on the misconceptions about manufacturing.  Another myth about manufacturing is that it only involves using traditional advertising.  The I Am An Architect®  video series created by YKK AP America Inc. is a great example of how marketing is changing even for manufacturing. This clever and entertaining video series features architects […]

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Macon-Bibb County Welcomes Kurobe City Hospital Delegation for 15th Year
17 Oct 2018
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Unique Medical Exchange Fosters Partnership, Idea Exchange Between Sister Cities On October 15, Navicent Health and Mercer University School of Medicine welcomed six physicians, two nurse, and one medical tech from Kurobe City Hospital for the fifteenth year of a unique medical exchange between Macon-Bibb County and its sister city of Kurobe, Japan. Each summer, […]

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QuickFree® receives Prime Minister’s Award, top prize in 12th Kids Design Award
11 Oct 2018
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In an award ceremony on September 25, 2018, YKK Corporation received the Prime Minister’s Award, the top prize in 12th Kids Design Award organized by the Kids Design Kids Design Association in Japan, for the QuickFree® zipper. QuickFree® was also recognized in the “design that contributes to the safety and security of children” category of […]

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National Manufacturing Day series- Safety in the workplace
08 Oct 2018
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We continue our series celebrating National Manufacturing Day addressing some of the most common misconceptions about the manufacturing industry. This time we are debunking the myth that manufacturing jobs are unsafe. We interviewed Allen Bogenschutz, vice president – risk management at YKK Corporation of America to discuss the safety culture here at YKK. Question: What are the […]

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High Demand for Manufacturing Jobs in Georgia
04 Oct 2018
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Since Manufacturing Day is on October 5th, we are doing a series on the misconceptions concerning manufacturing, and one of those misconceptions is that the demand for manufacturing jobs is low.  We recently interviewed Staci Uselton, senior manager of human resources at the YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. national manufacturing center in Macon, Georgia about this subject, […]

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YKK’s Global Marketing employees discuss their roles and what working for YKK means to them
26 Sep 2018
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Established in 1997 by Chairman Mel Sarumaru, YKK’s Global Marketing Group (GMG) has been working with companies headquartered in the U.S. to build their product lines in Asia for more than twenty years.  We recently interviewed several GMG employees here in the U.S. to learn what their experiences have been like working for this group. […]

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One Conversation at a Time- National Hispanic Heritage Month series
25 Sep 2018
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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), we want to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our Hispanic colleagues throughout the North and Central America region. Here at YKK, we embrace diversity and believe that we make better decisions when we consider multiple points of view and act as a […]

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YKK Canada Inc. celebrates 50th Anniversary
21 Sep 2018
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YKK Canada’s 50th anniversary celebration took place last month in Montreal, Canada. The event was attended by long-time friends of the company, community leaders and YKK’s  leadership team. The celebratory dinner was preceded by the Product Development Center opening and a YKK Canada factory tour. The event not only helped celebrate the company achievements throughout […]

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David Kelly with YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap & Button Products follows in his father’s footsteps
06 Sep 2018
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David Kelly, YKK USA Snap & Button Products Industrial Fastening Group manager for sales and marketing, manages the company’s fastening business in the North and Central America region.  This business includes the safety, government, jobbers, medical, recreational, leather and retail industries.  He began working for YKK USA Snap & Button Products in 2004 as a […]

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The Carter Center welcomes Yoshida Scholarship Foundation recipient, Masatoshi Ono
28 Aug 2018
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This month, the Carter Center will welcome the new Yoshida Scholarship Foundation recipient, Masatoshi Ono.  Masatoshi is a graduate student at the University of Bradford in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development Management. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, The Carter Center […]

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One conversation at a time- Video Series
24 Aug 2018
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A few weeks ago we launched “One Conversation at a time,” an on going social media series where we share the stories of our employees, the roles they play in the North and Central America Group, as well as their thoughts on YKK’s Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors and more. These are some of the […]

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The Outdoors Series
08 Aug 2018
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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy and celebrate the great outdoors. Here, at YKK we make products for all your favorite outdoor activities, from hiking, camping to diving and white water rafting. Throughout the month of July we shared videos and information about some of the YKK products especially made to improve your outdoor […]

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World Environment Day Series
08 Aug 2018
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To celebrate World Environment Day, we hosted a social media series throughout the month of June to highlight how we are working toward a sustainable society in cooperation with customers, employees and local communities. The YKK Group Environmental Pledge was signed in September 1994, and our commitment to promoting harmony with the environment remains our […]

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Make sure your luggage contains a quality zipper
30 Jul 2018
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With summer already here, we know that many of you will be taking trips these next few months.  Here are some things to consider when you are shopping for a new piece of luggage for your next trip. Whether you are looking for a high end piece of luggage that you will use often for […]

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Making quality personal- Tim Harvey’s story
18 Jul 2018
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What we do is much more than simply making windows or doors, or zippers, or straps, or buttons. We make things so well that we can be entrusted to make the things that keep people safe, and that even save their lives. Our Protek® line of windows, for example, shield people from hurricanes and blasts, […]

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Before you go on your next camping trip, check your sleeping bag zipper
13 Jul 2018
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Summer is a great time of the year to go camping, but before you go on your next excursion, make sure your sleeping bag is still in good condition and that the zipper is still working properly.  A zipper that has separated causing a gaping hole in a sleeping bag will make for a miserable […]

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YKK sponsors USA Baseball Collegiate National Team vs Japan’s Collegiate All-Star Team game in Macon, GA
11 Jul 2018
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On July 8, YKK sponsored the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team vs Japan’s Collegiate All-Star Team game at Macon’s Luther Williams Field. Home of the Macon-Bacon baseball team. The day started with pre-game Clinic hosted by both teams where children of YKK Employees had the chance to learn the fundamentals of baseball, show off their […]

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YKK North and Central America Group- 2018 Core Values Awards winners
10 Jul 2018
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We challenged the 2018 Core Values Awards winners to share what YKK’s Core Values mean to them in six words. The responses have been truly inspirational and showcase how these individuals embrace YKK’s Core Values and Fundamental Behaviors on a daily basis. Leonardo Lozano is the Health and Safety Supervisor at YKK Mexicana S.A. DE […]

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Is your group struggling with communication? Try team building
05 Jul 2018
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A year ago, YKK’s North and Central America group introduced 25 Fundamental Behaviors to create a unique corporate culture for its employees to live by.  Our Fundamental Behavior #13 is called Be a Team Player, and it states that we should be willing to help a co-worker when that’s what’s required for success.  The following […]

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YKK North and Central America Group celebrates the environment
29 Jun 2018
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Throughout the month of June, YKK North and Central America Group staff members planted trees to honor World Environment Day. At YKK, protecting the environment is part of our DNA and it is one of our 25 Fundamental Behaviors. Check out this short video highlighting some of the tree planting activities that took place within the […]

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YKK employees make a positive impact on the environment
21 Jun 2018
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As we continue to celebrate World Environment Day throughout the month, we wanted to take the time to share this great story from our colleagues at YKK (U.S.A) Inc., New York City office. This past weekend, Kelly Ghahramani , Lauren Simon and Catheryn Chen, decided to spend their free time doing something they are passionate about: protecting […]

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Military, Wet Suit and Fast Food Uniforms Go Eco-Friendly
06 Jun 2018
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At YKK we are constantly looking for ways to make our fastening products more eco-friendly.  We were excited to learn how several industries are making an attempt to make their uniforms eco-friendly, including the military and law enforcement industries, as well as fast food restaurant chains, and even the wetsuit industry. In his article, “Army […]

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What are the advantages of having zippered sofa covers?
30 May 2018
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Often when a sofa starts to look worn or a home owner wants something new, they will spend a fortune on a new sofa.  As a zipper manufacturer, we believe that there are several advantages to purchasing zippered sofa covers and cushion slipcovers. SlipcoverShop.com explains that cushions will likely experience a great deal of wear […]

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Promoting healthy work environments and active lifestyles.
14 May 2018
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In honor of Women’s Health Week, we’d like to showcase the efforts of our companies in the YKK North & Central America region which promote active lifestyles and healthy work environments. We all know the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are countless, but making these choices can be difficult, especially with our busy work schedules, […]

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A brief history of YKK’s Corporate Culture
08 May 2018
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When the founder of YKK, Tadao Yoshida, was a boy, he read a biography of Andrew Carnegie and was deeply influenced by Carnegie’s philosophy that those with great wealth must be socially responsible and use their assets to help others. As he worked to build YKK, Tadao Yoshida made the concept that the value of […]

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Jeans manufacturers and Berkeley scientists discover new ways to make earth-friendly blue jeans
04 May 2018
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At YKK we are always looking for new ways to become a more environmentally ethical company by improving our manufacturing processes, creating more eco-friendly products and by participating in corporate social responsibility activities that help the environment. Likewise, we support the jeans industry in its recent efforts to develop more sustainable methods for making blue […]

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Supporting young talent from all over the world
30 Apr 2018
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At YKK, we celebrate creativity and embrace innovative thinkers.  That is why it is important to us to support young designers who are revolutionizing the industry and pushing boundaries with their original creations. These are a few of the ways YKK is supporting designers globally: Fashion that gives back Angela Luna, a graduate of Parsons […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series
30 Apr 2018
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There are three major parts of a zipper: (1) the elements, which mesh with each other, (2) the slider, which is the part you operate with your hand and (3) the tape, which is made of cloth. Here at YKK, we make sure that each component is produced to meet the highest standards of quality. […]

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Two Tape Craft employees each adopt a mile of highway in memory of their children and help keep their local community clean
20 Apr 2018
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Not only does YKK show concern for the environment, but many of our employees at our subsidiaries are finding ways to preserve the environment themselves.  Two of our employees at our company, Tape Craft Corporation, each adopted a mile of highway in memory of their children.  These two employees with the help of their families […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #4
19 Apr 2018
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Every year, YKK produces enough zippers to wrap around the world 50 times. That’s 1.2 million miles of zippers! The National Manufacturing Center of YKK in Macon, Georgia produces around 65,000 miles of those zippers annually. Shane Herndon has been working at YKK for 27 years. He is the Slide Fastener Assembly Manager, and he […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #3
16 Apr 2018
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Have you ever wondered how YKK tests the quality of our zippers? We asked Greg Alexander, Quality Engineer, to explain how his department ensures the quality of our zippers and other products. ” We utilize the best available technology such as digital microscope with high quality imaging abilities, capable of 2-D and 3-D imaging enhancements. […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #2
12 Apr 2018
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YKK produces 582 standard colors. About 10 million colors have been registered worldwide. Robin Barnhill, Dye Lab Manager, shared her insight into her department’s role in the overall production of zippers. How long have you been working at YKK? 11 years Briefly describe a typical work day: Customers are our top priority so reviewing new shade […]

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Interviews with the experts- National Zipper Day Series #1
11 Apr 2018
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As part of our National Zipper Day series, we are interviewing experts from our very own National Manufacturing Center in Macon, GA to shed some light on what it takes to create a zipper. Here at YKK, innovation is part of everything we do; from our high quality products to the way our teams develop […]

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YKK El Salvador is chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador
30 Mar 2018
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Due to the good administrative management of its company clinic, YKK El Salvador was chosen as one of the top 10 national dental clinics in El Salvador by the Itinerant Dental Clinic Program of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute. On August 11, 2017, the director general of the Salvadoran Institute of Social Security (ISSS), Dr. […]

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Hundreds gather in Macon to celebrate Cherry Blossom season
22 Mar 2018
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A child smiles and stares in awe as the colorful floats parade in front of her. She waves hello and cheers loudly when she sees her mom waving back at her from YKK’s float. The excitement is palpable as hundreds of people from around the country and the world gather for the 36th annual parade […]

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YKK USA’s San Francisco Global Marketing Group participate in The North Face Endurance Challenge Series
16 Mar 2018
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At YKK we believe in supporting our customers by participating in events that they offer to the public.  On November 18 and 19, 2017, Rachel Schildkraut and Sunny Choy from YKK’s San Francisco Global Marketing office and Tucker Asano from YKK’s New York Global Marketing office ran in The North Face Endurance Challenge in San […]

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YKK AP sponsors FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” for third consecutive year
09 Mar 2018
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On February 22, 2018 Dublin-Lauren’s FIRST Robotics Team, “The ThunderBotz,” hosted an open house to unveil their latest project to the public. For the past six weeks, students and volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming FIRST Robotics competition taking place in mid-March. Students’ excitement was evident throughout the night as they […]

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International Women’s Day Series 2018
07 Mar 2018
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Throughout the month of March we shared a series of blogs, videos and posts highlighting the work and contributions of our female colleagues from our companies within North and Central America. Find their powerful and inspiring messages below. March 6, 2018 We begin our International Women’s Day series with a motivational message from Kuniyo Chitiea, Manufacturing […]

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YKK tests its fasteners to ensure quality
02 Mar 2018
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Zipper Testing Methods Did you know that YKK has various methods of testing its zippers?  Here are several different ways that YKK tests a zipper’s strength. *Tensile Testing Machine Conditions – Tensile Speed: 300 mm/min, Clamp Width: 25 mm YKK also uses the following different methods for testing its plastic hardware. The following methods are used […]

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Yoshida Scholarship Foundation – Carter Center Internship application now open
01 Mar 2018
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YKK Corporation’s educational foundation, The Yoshida Scholarship Foundation, is currently seeking Japanese nationals to participate in a 9-12 month paid internship at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Candidates with background in African Studies, Humanities, Law, Political Science or a related field are encouraged to apply. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter […]

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YKK: Employing sustainable practices in everything we do
23 Feb 2018
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What is the first image or thought that comes to your mind when you think of sustainability? Is it an image of a green forest? Or a recap of last night’s TV special on the environment? Typically, when we think of sustainability we tend to focus on all the current problems affecting the environment. However, sustainability has become such […]

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Ingredient Brands Add Value to End Products
16 Feb 2018
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In a recent article in Forbes, “What ‘Ingredient Brands’ Are And Why They’re Important,” Richard Kestenbaum writes about how the use of ingredient brands can help a brand communicate the quality and craftsmanship of its product. Citing the suitcase brand Voicer, Kestenbaum writes, “Voicer developed an ingenious method for making a suitcase that avoids folding […]

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For decades, workwear has evolved to meet the changing needs of modern day workers
09 Feb 2018
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As a brand leader for workwear solutions, YKK makes it a priority to collaborate with our customers to ensure we are meeting all of their needs and expectations. Our top of the line technology helps create innovative products that are instrumental to the success of this ever-growing industry. As the industry of workwear evolves to […]

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Technology and Apparel Leaders Develop Unique, Smart Clothing and Wearables for the Future
02 Feb 2018
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YKK always tries to stay one step ahead of our competition by developing unique new fasteners to meet the changing needs of our customers. As a zipper manufacturer that provides fastening products for the apparel industry, we found these examples of apparel and technology leaders who have created cutting edge, technology-driven types of clothing to […]

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Smart diapers could be a game changer in hygiene industry
29 Jan 2018
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As a manufacturer of a micro disposable hook fastener for baby and adult incontinence diapers, YKK is concerned with providing a hook fastener that is gentle to the skin. A common problem that parents and caretakers in nursing homes have is knowing when a diaper needs to be changed. If left unchanged, a diaper can […]

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Apparel industry leaders take steps to be more sustainable and socially ethical
19 Jan 2018
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At YKK our environmental pledge encourages us to “preserve the abundantly endowed global environment and to transfer it to the next generation in sound condition.” Likewise, many apparel manufacturers are concerned with lessening their environmental impact so clothing does not end up in landfills where they can cause harm to the environment. Eileen Fisher is […]

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Automotive Engineers innovate seating to meet consumer needs
11 Jan 2018
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The seats in an automobile play an important role in the overall customer satisfaction. That is why automotive engineers must keep up with customer demands by adding new features and materials to improve the look, feel and functionality of seating. As a manufacturer of fastening products, YKK is actively developing fastening solutions to meet the […]

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How to properly maintain the zipper on your drysuit
04 Jan 2018
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If you are a cold-water diver, you know that a drysuit is essential to keeping you warm and dry under water. However, a drysuit is a significant investment that can cost $1,000 and up. If you do not properly maintain your drysuit, you will have to periodically service it, and that can be pricey. For […]

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Media Coverage about YKK
22 Dec 2017
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‘Nursing is pretty universal.’ Navicent Health, Japanese nurses work together in exchange program The cities are different. The hospitals are different. The food is different. But when nurses from The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon and Japan’s Kurobe City Hospital work together as part of an exchange, the fundamentals of how they care for […]

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A Christmas story for the family
15 Dec 2017
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A few days before Christmas, a very cold winter was approaching. While the last leaves were falling from the trees, in a small sewing workshop, four tailors were soon to finish the last dresses ordered in advance by their best customers, to be worn during Christmas Eve. The four tailors with a cup of hot […]

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YKK’s Fundamental Behaviors set standards for the company in providing quality products and in being a good corporate citizen
13 Dec 2017
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  Like many companies today, YKK has a philosophy, management principle and a set of Core Values which our employees look to in performing their jobs and in providing the best quality products and services. Our philosophy, called the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™, was developed by our founder, Tadao Yoshida, and it states that “no one […]

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YKK provides relief to the victims of Hurricane Maria and the Central Mexico Earthquake
30 Nov 2017
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Like many companies today, YKK is concerned with helping people who have been affected by recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Maria which plowed through Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, and the earthquake which struck central Mexico on September 19, 2017. At YKK AP America Inc., our architectural products company, Angel  Báez and Veronica Acosta […]

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YKK releases a fantastical, heart-warming Christmas video about automatic zippers
20 Nov 2017
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YKK Corporation has just released a short video entitled, “AUTO CAMPING” as part of its efforts to promote its corporate brand and its zippers.  Directed by Naoya Yamaguchi, this video, which was released on November 6, 2017, tells the story of a family, who as Christmas approaches, visits a slightly futuristic campsite and has a […]

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YKK conducts conservation activities to preserve Kurobe, Japan’s natural groundwater
13 Nov 2017
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YKK Corporation has just released a new video entitled “The Relationship Between the Groundwater of Kurobe and YKK,” which is about conservation activities conducted by YKK to preserve Kurobe, Japan’s natural groundwater.  Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture is the technological hub and main manufacturing and development center for YKK, and it is also blessed with an […]

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How to choose the correct zipper for your handbag
07 Nov 2017
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    When you say “handbag” there can be many different interpretations, including backpack, baguette, handbag, cross body bag, tote bag, clutch bag and bucket bag, and in some instances, handbags are referred to as a purse or shoulder bag. The history of bags and purses goes back to the earliest stages of civilization when […]

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YKK Honduras renovates Dr. Leonardo Martinez V. public school
20 Oct 2017
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In February of 2017, YKK Honduras began remodeling the Dr. Leonardo Martinez V public school.  The company made the decision to do this after receiving a letter in October of 2016 from the principal of the school asking for help in remodeling the school.  This project involved remodeling five toilets and placing ceramic tile on […]

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What are the advantages to having a zippered mattress cover?
05 Oct 2017
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For decades, consumers have been purchasing spring mattresses. However, recently consumers have been switching to foam mattresses because they can be ordered online in what is known as a bed-in-a-box, and they mold to the contours of your body offering individualized pressure relief.  The foam mattresses also come with a soft removable cover known as […]

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YKK’s Product Preview for the IFAI Expo 2017
22 Sep 2017
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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation will be exhibiting at booth # 2129 at the  IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Expo in New Orleans from Sep. 27 – Sep. 29.  YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation are a part of the Show Stopper program featuring innovative YKK® and Tape Craft® brand products. YKK’s […]

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YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. in Marietta, Georgia collects eye glasses for National Vision Month
21 Sep 2017
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Since 1949, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation’s vision has been “building a better tomorrow by bringing individuals into a world of sight and sound.” One Georgia Lions Lighthouse goal is to close the gap on 2 million Georgians who are uninsured. The foundation provides access to low-cost vision and hearing services. In May of 2016, […]

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Join YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation at the IFAI Expo!
13 Sep 2017
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Join YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corporation at the IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Expo in New Orleans on September 27-29, 2017. The IFAI Expo is a dynamic textile tradeshow, featuring three show floor areas; specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade & weather protection.  The show will host traditional market suppliers from fabric, equipment and hardware to services needed to […]

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YKK releases new animated short “Fastening Days 3”
07 Sep 2017
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YKK has released the third video in the “Fastening Days” trilogy, which thus far have had a total of 13 million views from around the world. In FASTENING DAYS 3, Yoji, Kei and Kelly, rescue the endangered city using zippers and once again feel a connection with the surrounding world. The animation is directed by […]

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YKK North & Central America Group plant trees in honor of World Environment Day
05 Sep 2017
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In 1972, World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise global awareness concerning protecting nature and the planet Earth.  Every year on June 5th, YKK Group offices around the world plant trees to recognize this special day.

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Austrian footwear designer, Carolin Holzuber, exhibits in YKK Europe’s London Showroom
16 Aug 2017
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We are sharing the following article from the YKK London Showroom from Anna Stefaniak with YKK Europe.   Carolin Holzuber , (UN) COVER exhibition     aniastefaniak Our new exhibition started this week.  The Austrian footwear designer, Carolin Holzuber presents her latest, (UN) COVER, collection at the YKK London Showroom. The exhibition will be on display […]

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YKK Introduces “The Craftsmanship of YKK,” a webpage designed to educate children about YKK’s zipper making technology
02 Aug 2017
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Have you ever wondered how a zipper works?  Well, YKK has created a new web page called “The Craftsmanship of YKK,” which seeks to educate people, especially kids, about YKK’s zipper making technology. This nifty cartoon-like web page features interesting facts about how zippers open and close, as well as information on YKK’s die casting […]

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How to purchase a great pair of jeans for men
14 Jul 2017
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Organic Cotton is kinder to you and to the environment
30 Jun 2017
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Zipper Dress Designer wins YKK® photo contest
12 Jun 2017
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This year to celebrate National Zipper Day on April 29th, YKK had a photo contest, and we asked people to submit any unique photos of YKK® zippers on our Instagram page.  The winner of the contest was Autumn Lin Kietponglert, a fashion designer and dress maker from Pennsylvania.  Autumn submitted these photos featuring some of her designs […]

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Colombia is now the fashion capital of Latin America
29 May 2017
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YKK Develops ECO-DYE®, a waterless dyeing technology for zippers
08 May 2017
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As a leading company in the manufacture of fastening products, YKK is concerned with protecting the world’s water resources and eliminating substance that are harmful to the environment.  To address these concerns, YKK has developed a waterless dyeing process for dyeing zippers at its factory in Kurobe, Japan where it is currently testing this new […]

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YKK Congratulates Winners of the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards
17 Apr 2017
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YKK congratulates the following winners of the Marine Fabricator Association’s Fabrication Excellence Awards.  The Fabrication Excellence Awards contest is designed to recognize excellence in Marine Fabrication, and two different awards are given out including an Award of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement.  YKK was really excited to have our products used in these innovative marine designs. […]

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Young Designer uses YKK® zippers in a unique way to design a leather clutch purse
04 Apr 2017
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by Beth Whelchel, YKK Corporation of America Bianca Chong is a fashion design student who won the YKK Fastening Award at the International Talent Support 2015 contest in Trieste, Italy. She won this award for her clever use of YKK’s VISLON® flat zipper with a mirror-like finish in designing a leather clutch purse. Here is […]

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The Industrial Fabrics Association Offers a Student Competition
20 Mar 2017
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For any students who are interested in a textile industry career, the IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) is having Student Design Competitions.  Students have until Monday, May 15, 2017 to submit projects for this competition.  Each project must use textiles as a major component, and any project completed within the last year is eligible. The […]

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Denim is coming back as athleisure wear plateaus
14 Mar 2017
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Durable Luggage Contains Quality Zippers
06 Mar 2017
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How to Maintain an Excellent Safety Culture
21 Feb 2017
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By Jerod Gandy, Safety Manager, Tape Craft Corporation, Oxford, Alabama Maintaining a Culture of Safety Awareness Has its Rewards At Tape Craft Corporation, the safety of our employees is very important to us.  Tape Craft’s management and employees work tirelessly to maintain a culture of safety awareness and looking out for each other!  Having an excellent safety […]

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FAQ: Removing Stains from Denim Garments
07 Feb 2017
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 How to Remove Stains from Denim Garments Removing stains from denim garments caused by metal dust particles from a zipper is easy.  Since the stains appear on the surface of the fabric, you can simply wash the garment with an organic solvent. The Causes of Stains on Denim Garments These stains are caused by manufacturers stone […]

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YKK, Mad Water Debut ‘Made in USA’ Waterproof Zippers
24 Jan 2017
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Great Hunting Gear Requires Near Perfect Camo
10 Jan 2017
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by Tim Russell, Tape Craft Corporation, Oxford, Alabama At one time hunting wild game was a necessity for survival. Its roots run deep in both tradition and ancestry.  In fact hunting, fishing and even gardening are considered fun activities for a great number of people. These activities that people do for fun now have their […]

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Design for a difference
20 Dec 2016
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Welcome – John Smith, President, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.
09 Aug 2016
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It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the new YKK North & Central America Group fastening website, www.ykknorthamerica.com, which has been designed to replace our current fastening websites within the North and Central America region.  With this new website, we hope to demonstrate our Cycle of Goodness philosophy which states, “No one prospers […]

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YKK releases new animated short “Fastening Days 2”
02 Aug 2016
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YKK has released the second episode in our video series “Fastening Days.” This is the sequel to our first animated film, which was released in Oct 2014. Please check it out!

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The YKK 80 Building Becomes the First Office Building in Japan to Obtain Top LEED-BD+C (Core and Shell) Certification (Platinum)
29 May 2016
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YKK Fudosan (Real Estate) Co., Ltd. (Head office: 1, Kanda Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) obtained top LEED-BD+C (Core and Shell) certification (Platinum) for its YKK80 Building. It was the first such certification for a new office building in Japan. In LEED* certification, the site, water efficiency, materials, indoor environment and energy are among the areas that […]

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