On Nov. 19 and 20, Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (MCC) hosted an open house to celebrate the expansion of its North American headquarters in Allendale, New Jersey. The guest list of almost 300 was made up of customers, Japanese executives, distributors and current employees from as far west as California and as far south as Florida. This expansion comes on the heels of MCC’s new Mexican office that opened in Queretaro last month.
The 2-day event showcased the expansion of the New Jersey facility that went from 26,000 square feet to more than 42,000 square feet. Not only does the expansion increase warehouse capacity, add office space, include an expansive machine tool showroom, quality/inspection area, beautiful 30-seat conference room, with accompanying 30-foot-long conference table, workout area and break room, it also makes room for a large job shop that handles in-house repairs on spindles, ballscrews, motors and more.
“One of the main reasons for the expansion is to serve our customers with parts from one central location,” says MCC’s executive V.P. and COO John Antignani. Mr Antignani has been an employee of the company from the beginning—for more than 30 years. Where he’s not only been witness to MCC’s growth, he’s had a lot to do with it. “The new service warehouse now holds more than $20 million in its parts inventory.” With the help of five massive Remstar shuttling units, the inventory is now more organized than ever.
During the open house there was a special celebratory presentation of the company’s 10,000th machine being delivered—an L20 type 10 machine—a milestone the organization is very proud of.
Chris Noble and Scott Rymer from the Norman Nobel company—the customer who purchased theL20 type 10 machine—were on hand for the special recognition. They were presented with a brass rhythm clock made by Citizen and a commemorative plaque. Mr. Nobel took the opportunity to thank presenters Kenji Yamashita, president and CEO, and Mr. Antignani for their partnership in business and went on to say, “The reason we own so many Citizens is because they are reliable, accurate and the service is fantastic.” Norman Nobel is a Cleveland-based company that serves the medical device, orthopedic and implant market.