Otsuka Chemical to set headquarters in Georgia's first eco-friendly park
The Otsuka Chemical America, Inc. headquarters, located on a 35-acre site within The Lakes at Green Valley industrial park on Georgia Highway 16, will put the company geographically closer to its customers.
The facility will manufacture titanate friction materials for automotive brake pads, an extension of the company's existing chemical production businesses and one that it intends to expand in the United States.
Otsuka Chemical Co., Ltd. is a diversified Japanese chemical manufacturer that offers products for a wide range of applications, including the automotive, construction and pharmaceutical industries. It is part of Otsuka Holdings, one of the largest health care and chemical companies in Japan, making a variety of pharmaceuticals, as well as energy, vitamin and other drinks, including North America's No. 1 best-selling vitamin brand: Nature Made.
The location of the Otsuka Chemical America headquarters and manufacturing facility is considered the first eco-park in Georgia and resulted from a partnership between the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority and Georgia Tech.
In order to create sustainable site development and building construction on the once privately owned farm, the authority developed the land to be green-friendly from the ground up and created, with the assistance of Georgia Tech, the first green-rating system to ensure that the construction of the Otsuka Chemical American headquarters, and all future companies, will be friendly with the environment. ■