Business Community Welcomes New Friends From Far East

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A new Bryan business introduced itself Monday with flair from the Far East. Toyo Ink Manufacturing broke ground on its $20 million production facility located in the Bryan Business Park with an unusual ceremony. The event featured traditional dress and food. But the highlight was an ancient Shinto ritual to purify the grounds.

Local dignitaries were on hand to welcome their new Japanese business partners. It's a relationship Brazos County leaders say will pay dividends for years to come. "This is the largest investment they've ever made in the United States," said Todd McDaniel, Research Valley Partnership Director. "This is their 100 year project and $20 million project. The types of jobs that are being created as a result of this are really engineering."

And McDaniel said that is one of the main reasons they were attracted to this area: the proximity to a premier engineering university like Texas A&M. Toyo Ink will now build a 50,000 sq.ft. plant to manufacture polymers, inks and adhesives for a worldwide customer base.