Japanese manufacturer moving North American headquarters to Berks

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A Japanese company is moving its North American headquarters to Berks County, creating at least 15 jobs at the start.

The international air-to-air dehumidification component manufacturer, Seibu Giken, is moving to Wyomissing from Owatonna, Minn.

Ray Suhocki, general manager of North American Operations for SG America, said the move gives the company access to a larger labor pool and allows it to "take advantage of Greater Reading's lower cost of doing business."

The company has begun to move into a 25,000-square-foot facility at 220 N. Park Road in Wyomissing.

Jon Scott, president and CEO of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, which helped facilitate the move, welcomed the news.

"Their location choice reiterates that Greater Reading is a smart and competitive choice that delivers not only an affordable and strategic location, but also access to a diverse workforce," he said this morning.

The move initially will create about 15 to 20 jobs in production, logistics, assembly and engineering fields.

The company's products, known as "HI-PANEX-ION" wheels, are used in hundreds of laboratories, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and office buildings throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

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