Yokohama Industries Americas Inc. (YIA)

Business activities

Production and sale of hose assemblies for auto air-conditioners, power steering units and transmission oil coolers, and adhesives products

Total site area

YIA Inc. (DIV.1, DIV.2) 100,000m2
YIA South Carolina LLC. (DIV.3) 78,510m2
YIA Ohio Inc. (DIV.5) 73,700m2
YIA Mexico (DIV.6) 4,600m2

Number of employees

1,326 (as of June 2019)

Location

Versailles Plant 105 Industry Drive, Versailles, KY 40383, U.S.A.

Contact for consultation and complaints

Tel: +1-859-879-2812 Fax: +1-859-873-8943
E-mail: tracy.hartley@yokohamaia.com

Message from the Chief Operating Officer

Cory Brusman

Since its incorporation in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, a world famous breeding ground for thoroughbreds, we set our environmental policy as aiming to build up a wonderful environmentally-friendly society together with people in local communities, and we aim at being a corporation that makes a positive contribution to the environment and is trusted by residents in the region. Under this environmental policy, we carry out management of the production process and materials used, and education and instruction of employees, striving to reduce the environmental impact generated by production activities. Here, we introduce “EARTH,” the slogan that embodies our efforts:

Environmental Excellences Achieved and Realized Through Heightened Awareness.

Human Rights

Measures for respecting human rights

YIA clearly states that it complies with federal and state laws related to human rights, and race, religion, gender, age, nationality and disability shall not affect employment opportunities at the company. This is thoroughly observed not only at the time of employment of a new employee but also in all employment activities of YIA such as promotion, relocation, wages, layoff and dismissal.

Promotion of opportunities for transactions with companies managed by minorities

YIA regularly participates in exhibitions sponsored by related organizations in order to identify opportunities for transactions with companies managed by minorities (i.e. ethnic minorities, including African-Americans and Hispanics). Given that we are a company that handles production materials, opportunities for transactions with companies managed by minorities who are socially underprivileged are limited; nevertheless, we are consistently undertaking activities aimed at identifying opportunities for such transactions; for example, we are currently conducting transactions with carriers and repair parts suppliers.

Labor Practices

Occupational safety and health

YIA places a high priority on a safe workplace environment, and invites experts from outside to participate in Safety, Health and Wellness Activities; we also implement various support programs so that we can give more effective, objective advice.

Major Activities

  1. Physical Therapy(activities for prevention of injuries using physical therapy)
  2. Method to Stop Smoking(stop smoking program directed by a medical specialist)
  3. Weight Watchers(diet promotion activities directed by a nutritionist)

Responses to in case of disaster

YIA has organized a team for responding to emergencies which is called the “Emergency Response Team (ERT).” This team was organized with the main duty of confirming the safety of employees, including directing the movement of people in the case of actual disasters and during fire alarm drills. The ERT team members have received training in first aid, emergency resuscitation methods, and responding to blood infection diseases. We also provide training relating to the outflow of chemicals, fire, blackouts and explosion risks.

Education and training for employees

Education and training for employees of YIA are provided at several different stages. Education at the time of recruitment is mainly provided in the form of lectures, with employees acquiring knowledge of safety and health, work rules, welfare, quality and ISO, and also the basic items of TS 16949. This education is structured so that field workers can develop an overview of the entire production system of products manufactured by YIA and recognize the importance of the workplace to which each worker is assigned. Further, we provide internal and external educational programs throughout the year, and improve them so that employees can utilize the acquired knowledge in daily production activities.

The Environment

Environmental management

We have made efforts to raise awareness of the environment and improve results through the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. As a result, significant steps forward have been made in terms of heightening employee awareness, and the following results have been achieved.

  1. We held environmental meetings every month to urge follow-ups and promotion of the implementation plan; this has produced significant results.
  2. We have strengthened the promotion of the recycling program and promoted collection and reuse of steel, aluminum, plastics, wood chips, paper, carton boxes, batteries and printer cartridges, etc.
  3. We have been promoting the reinforcement of the use of environmentally-friendly “green” products.
  4. Since 2017, we have succeeded in meeting our target of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill to zero; measures to promote recycling and establish other methods of waste disposal as alternatives to landfill have been implemented throughout YIA.

YIA DIV.1 (Under the Hose Business Department) Environmental Data

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Category FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Waste generated (t) 498 282 262 196 193
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 13.5 25.5 17.1 9.1 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 67 72 45 18 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 2,205 2,075 1,907 2,004 2,150
Fuel 182 161 133 102 79
Total 2,387 2,236 2,040 2,106 2,229
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 5.2 4.9 4.5 5.2 5.5
Water usage (1,000m3) 21.3 20.2 19.2 17.7 25.3

YIA DIV.2 (Under the Adhesives and Sealants Business Department) Environmental Data

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Category FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Waste generated (t) 152 210 164 164 127
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 71.7 76.2 70.7 51.8 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 109 160 116 85 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 978 991 980 1,012 1,042
Fuel 394 377 388 374 320
Total 1,372 1,368 1,367 1,386 1,362
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 2.9 2.9 2.9 3.2 3.2
Water usage (1,000m3) 11.2 15.3 10.0 10.0 10.2

YIA DIV.3 (Under the Hose Business Department) Environmental Data

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項 目 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Waste generated (t) 246 151 265 423 361
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 85.0 13.2 11.3 4.0 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 209 117 117 17 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 1,408 1,405 1,317 1,134 1,093
Fuel 99 98 116 165 104
Total 1,513 1,503 1,433 1,299 1,197
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 3.3 3.3 3.1 2.5 2.3
Water usage (1,000m3) 6.3 5.6 6.8 3.2 4.4

YIA DIV.5 (Under the Hose Business Department) Environmental Data

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項 目 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Waste generated (t) 152 114 177 176 187
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 28.0 28.0 33.0 11.4 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 43 32 58 20 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 893 883 700 912 918
Fuel 494 411 306 339 426
Total 1,387 1,294 1,006 1,251 1,344
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 2.9 2.7 2.1 2.6 3.5
Water usage (1,000m3) 9.0 11.9 9.7 12.0 10.4

Fair Operating Practices

Corruption prevention

YIA established a code of conduct containing 23 items, which is included in the Employee Manual. In the item regarding conflict of interest, acts conflicting with the interests of interested parties, including YIA and customers are prohibited during the employment period. Presenting and receiving gifts with a value of more than US$25 to or from companies with which YIA has business relationships, such as competitors and customers, are completely prohibited.

Community Involvement and Development

Each production location undertakes activities to make donations to support events organized by the local community.

Angel Tree event (Christmas present donation)
Relay for Life - $5,000
Painesville (OH) Community Development - $500
Ohio Crime Prevention Assoc. - $100
City of Painesville (OH) Office of Economic Development - $300
Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police - $100
Etc.

Donation made to a local softball team