Hebron's THK Manufacturing of America, Inc. facility celebrated its tenth year in America April 25 by inviting top management from Japan for a Buckeye tree planting ceremony. From left to right, Bob Hicks, THK Hebron plant manager; Mr. Kuwabara, president of THK holdings in Chicago; Mr. A Teramachi, THK chairman; Mr. T Teramachi, director of THK headquarters; and Mr. A. Kambe, president. Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason and Licking County Chamber of Commerce President Cheri Hottinger spoke during the ceremony. Mason formally recognized THK for its contributions to the community. THK is a worldwide corporation with several sales officesin North America. The Hebron facility hired its first local employees in 1998 and has grown to 330 full time employees. The facility, which produces die-castings and bearing joints for use in machine tools, automobiles, and industrial robots, among other uses, expanded twice. In 2007, THK completed a $2 million 12,000 square foot addition. THK was established in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. 019p1_xlg.jpg