Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 8, 2006

ACK Controls named area’s top industry

GLASGOW — One of the county’s first Japanese/American-owned companies, ACK Controls, was named Industry of the Year this morning during the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly breakfast.

ACK Controls began in 1989 as a joint venture between a Japanese company, Chuo Spring, and an American company, DURA Automotive, to manufacture automotive control cables. Initial operation in 1990 was to make such parts for NUMMI and Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Canada.

Hiroyuki Hamaguchi, president of ACK Controls, accepted the award this morning. He said he was very happy to receive the award on behalf of the company.

“It’s been about five years since I arrived,” he said. “This is such a big award that I have received.”

Carroll Knicely, general manager for ACK Controls, said the company is very humbled and honored to receive the award.

“The hard work and dedication of our employees have made our 17-plus years in Glasgow possible,” he said. “We look forward to producing the highest quality cables in Glasgow for many years to come.”

An expansion project is currently under way at the plant to manufacture springs for Honda Accord cars. The expansion will involve the hiring of at least three to four additional employees, Knicely said.

ACK employees over 460 team members in Glasgow and has increased its cable production to include parking brake cables, shift control cables, release cables, door lock cables and seat cables for Toyota, Honda and other Japanese automobile manufacturers.

Over the years the company has experienced steady growth in sales. Production volume has grown from 100,000 cables per month in 1990 to over 3 million per month this year.

“ACK is an exceptional corporate citizen of Glasgow/Barren County, offering a stable and exemplary work environment,” Bill Bucher, president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, said.

Recipients of the Industry of the Year Award, which is given annually, are selected by the Chamber of Commerce’s Industry Appreciation Week committee.

As a part of ACK’s recognition as Industry of the Year, all of the company’s employees will be served lunch.

Other awards presented this morning included the Small Business of the Quarter Award and the Bowling Green Technical College Presidential Scholarship.

Fox Hollow Golf Club received the Small Business of the Quarter Award, while Rodney South, who works in ACK’s maintenance department, was awarded the scholarship.

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