Kojima America Corporation

Household Appliance Parts Manufacturer

  • Client:Kojima America Corporation
  • Project Completion: May, 2005/ Anaheim
    December, 2007/ San Diego
  • Work Executed: Site select, Design, Construction, & Maintenance
  • Floor Space:28,000 sq. ft/ Anaheim ; 75,000 sq. ft/ San Diego
  • Location: 1339 South Allec Street, Anaheim, CA 92805 / 8917 Kearns Street, San Diego, CA 92154

Details

This project built facilities for Kojima America Corporation so that it could offer high quality products quickly, consistently and on time to an association of Japanese household appliances manufacturers.
This association provides effective competition to companies from other countries which operate in the vicinity of the Mexican/United States border.
We built the first press machine manufacturing plant in Orange County, and then built a second plant later in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area.

Challenges

1. Construction Accuracy
We established three production lines. One product line contains eight 60-ton press machines, which have a pressurization capacity of three tons, and associated washing devices.
We negotiated with the landlord, demolished a pre-existing concrete slab, dug five feet under the slab, and then poured 180 feet of new foundation. Normal pitch difference can be 3 mm (1/8”); however, we managed to make a pitch difference of base plates within +-0.8 mm (3/100”) for 180 feet to fulfill the client’s demand.

2. Managing Schedule
Client had its own business scheme and set a rigid operation starting date based on their contract with the association; therefore, we prepared carefully for all authorization applications and all inspections so that we could minimize tie-up time.
We managed to start operation on the day that the client planned originally.

3. Coordination between Japan and U.S.A.
We visited Japan to examine how to set up the special press machine and transportation robot.
After the machines were delivered in the United States, we coordinated interactions among Japanese and local engineer to ensure smooth operations. It was the first operation in the United States for the client.
To educate the Japanese clients, we held a lecture in Japanese on safety regulation in the United States and on-site guidance to prepare for the operation. We were the overall construction manager and helped the client negotiate and coordinate with the local developer, and various engineering subcontractors.
We were responsible for the importing and transportation of heavy-duty machinery, set up all the machines, and obtained various authorizations (including UL certificate).