NGK Spark Plugs Canada Limited brought employees and customers together to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in Canada.
The ignition and emissions component supplier held a gala dinner event at the Hilton in Markham, Ont., that featured corporate and political dignitaries as well as compelling entertainment.
Among the speakers at the event were Eiji Yamamotoa, consul general of Japan at Toronto, Town of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Deborah Moynes-Keshen, executive vice-president, Automotive Industries Association of Canada.
“I wanted to express any sincerest appreciation to every employee for their [contributions] to the success of NGK in Canada,” president and CEO of NGK World Wide Shinichi Odo addressed the attendees. “I would like to thank all of you for your great support over the past 30 years as we look forward to a prosperous future.”
Akihiko Yamauchi, president of NGK Canada, also spoke to the crowd.
“Thanks to the support of our valuable employees and customers,” said Yamauchi, “NGK has been continually growing and maintains pace with the market changes. We need to grasp these changes, and at the same time we must and maintain a high level of social responsibility.”
Entertainment came in the form of a ceremonial dragon dance preceded by an eye-dotting ceremony with traditional and contemporary music provided by The Toronto Chinese Orchestra.
Guests were also invited to tour the company’s headquarters and warehouse in Markham, Ont., where nearly 5,000 skus of spark plugs, wires, and oxygen sensors are inventoried in addition to Akebono brake pads, which the company represents for the Canadian market.