Adding another line

Taiho unveils vacuum pump production

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Pictured is the new vacuum pump line established at the Tiffin plant of Taiho Corp. of America.

Marking 20 years in Tiffin, Taiho Corp. of America unveiled a new production line Tuesday morning.

The line produces vacuum pumps used in automotive braking systems to regulate pressure, according to Jeremy Fox, TCA plant manager.

Fox said this is the first assembly process for the company. The line began producing the 17-part vacuum pumps in May.

TCA, located at 194 Heritage Drive, provides engine bearings, bushings, wheel balance weights and shoes for automotive compressors to 17 customers around the world, including Toyota, with which TCA’s parent company has had a relationship for 70 years.

“This is a big challenge for us, but I believe we will work to continue to do more and work to incorporate the citizens of Tiffin,” said Nick Isogai, president of TCA.

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Members of the new vacuum pump line team at Taiho Corp. of America make their commitment Tuesday during an introduction ceremony.

TCA was established in the United States in 1981 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, making piston shoes for air compressors for Ford and Chrysler vehicles. In 1996, TCA established a production plant in Tiffin and, in 2000, established its second plant. The company employs nearly 300 people in Tiffin.

Tiffin City Mayor Aaron Montz said he is excited to see the vision to build an industrial park in Tiffin come to fruition.

Over the years, TCA has invested more than $20 million in its two production plants.

Linda Baker, line manager for the new vacuum pump production line, has been with TCA for more than 13 years and said she trained at the parent company in Japan to learn the operations of the vacuum pump line.

“It is really exciting and I have a great team,” she said.

“This is a great milestone for us,” Fox said. “We are excited for our future.”

Fox has been at the Tiffin plant for more than 20 years. He began on a team making parts.

“It has been exciting to see the company grow to what it is today,” he said. “It is good to help provide jobs for the community.”