Marukome USA Inc.

Food Manufacture

  • Client: Marukome USA, Inc.
  • Project Completion: December 2007
  • Work Executed: Development, Site select, Design, & Construction
  • Floor Space: 19,000 sq. ft
  • Location: 17132 Pullman Street, Irvine, CA 92614

Details

Marukome, Inc., the biggest miso manufacturer in Japan, decided to locate to North America in 2007 because of the potential demand in North America for healthy Japanese foods and because the Japanese market had become saturated, a result of a declining domestic birth rate.
We helped the company establish a corporate office and manufacturing plant in the United States. This project, the pioneer for our company’s project development services, divided property into the main manufacturing facility and corporate office and a sub-leasing space.

Challenges

1. Site selection
The first challenge of this project was site selection. Although Japanese food is known worldwide, we first needed to explain to local city government what “MISO” is.
We translated the project specifications, given by the client, into English and added architectural aspect, and then our project manager presented them to the City.

2. Communication with Client (Between Japan and U.S.A.)
We received equipment layout from the client in Japanese and converted metric units to U.S. standard units. We kept close communication with the client, Japanese equipment contractor and architect via e-mail and TV conference. Also, the Japanese production managers visited the United States twice to have detailed meetings. Our architect, who works with United States standards, helped the client by interpreting simultaneously whenever the Japanese equipment contractor had a meeting with the American equipment engineer.

3. Coordination between Japanese subcontractor and American subcontractor
The biggest challenges during the construction phase were coordinating communications among Japanese equipment contractors and American subcontractors and managing the construction schedule.
Our company had one project coordinator on site permanently, in addition to another person from the design department who was responsible for answering design question from subcontractors.

Use of Retouched Photos

Under our company’s confidentiality and compliance agreement, some indoor equipment and people associated with this project are shown in retouched photos.