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DETROIT-Eight Japanese companies say their will be adding or expanding operations around Michigan. The news comes shortly after Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm spent a week in Japan, seeking to lure more business and jobs to the Great Lakes state.

The eight companies are: Hitachi Automotive, Sekisui Chemical, Nippon Antenna, Nippon Piston Ring, Advanced Special Tools, Nakagawa Special Steel, Taiko Device Technologies and A&D Inc. They join DENSO and Tokai Rika, which previously announced similar plans.

“I went to Japan with one thing in mind–to bring new jobs and new opportunities back to Michigan” Granholm said. The projects include: Hitachi Automotive, which said it will expand its computer and high-tech operations in Farmington Hillsm where it currently employs 130 people; Sekisui Chemical’s Voltek division in Coldwater, which is expanding; and Nippon Antenna, which is undertaking a site search for a new R&D facility in Michigan.

Additionally, Nippon Piston Ring is completing a new plant in Grand Haven under the name NPR manufacturing Michigan and preparing to hire new workers; Advanced Special Tools in Battle Creek will create a new subsidiary called Advanced Plastics Molding in Battle Creek; Nakagawa Special Steel is opening its first sales office in Novi; and Taiko Device Technologies is opening its first North American office in Southfield.

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