Kikkoman Marks 40th Anniversary of First U.S. Plant with $1 Million Gift to
Water Research and Hosting of Economic Development Conference
WALWORTH, Wis. -- June 7, 2013
Kikkoman Foods Inc., subsidiary of Kikkoman Corp., the world’s largest
producer of naturally brewed soy sauce, today marked the 40th anniversary of
its Walworth, Wis., soy sauce production facility.
The Wisconsin plant, which began operating in 1973 and was Kikkoman’s first in
the United States, has grown to be the largest naturally brewed soy sauce
plant in the world. It became the foundation for the company’s international
business, which now accounts for nearly half of Kikkoman’s total sales.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary, Kikkoman announced that it will make a $1
million gift to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to advance the study of
safe and sustainable drinking water. The gift will establish the Kikkoman
“Healthy Waters” Environmental Health Laboratories in the university’s College
of Life Sciences.
“We are always looking to the future and striving to be an even better
corporate citizen,” said Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary chief executive officer and
chairman of the board of Kikkoman Corp. and Kikkoman Foods Inc. “And that
includes being a careful steward of natural resources. The safety and
availability of drinking water are of vital importance, around the world and
right here in Wisconsin.
“Milwaukee has become one of the world’s leading centers for fresh water
research, education and industry,” Mr. Mogi said. “We believe the research
being conducted at UW-Milwaukee may help solve some of the most critical water
stewardship issues. It will also spur economic growth through the development
and commercialization of new water-related technologies.”
The new Kikkoman laboratories will be located in the School of Freshwater
Sciences building overlooking the Milwaukee harbor.
“We are profoundly grateful for Kikkoman’s support of the great work being
done in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences,” said Michael Lovell,
chancellor of UW-Milwaukee. “We look forward to extending our work on the
safety and long-term availability of drinking water through the Kikkoman
‘Healthy Waters’ Environmental Health Laboratories. This work, which will
significantly advance the stewardship of a critical natural resource, would
not be possible without the generous 40th-anniversary commitment Kikkoman is
The announcement came at a news conference before the Wisconsin-U.S.-Japan
economic development conference being held in conjunction with the anniversary
celebration. Kikkoman, UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Economic Development
Corp are sponsoring the conference. Conference discussions are being lead by
preeminent leaders from the worlds of politics, academia and business from
Japan and the United States, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
“The U.S. economy is recovering and the Japanese economy also seems to be
picking up after two decades of stagnation,” Mr. Mogi said. “We must work hard
to maintain this momentum. Old strategies will no longer bring the success we
desire. If we are not changing and innovating, we will be left behind. We
thank our generous co-sponsors for their support of this important event.”
The Luminis Group, Ltd. for Kikkoman Foods Inc.
Rod Hise, 608-770-7850
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