Topre America Corp., a Japanese supplier of large, high-strength steel parts, is on a hot streak in the U.S., landing new work and expanding North American manufacturing.
"We were kind of late in the game in the United States," said Brad Pepper, vice president at Topre. "Our first plant in the U.S. was 2004, in Cullman, Ala. Since then, we've grown from about $50 million in sales to $330 million in sales."
The reason for that growth has much to do with Topre's product — ultra-high-strength steel.
"As the market grows, we've been able to master that," Pepper said. "Our first ultra-high-strength steel product was in Japan in the 1970s. We brought that technology over. It's resonating with customers and they are flocking to it now to try to meet all the federal safety standards."