YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based subsidiary of the Japanese zipper and architectural products giant for the Western Hemisphere, has named two new presidents for the U.S. arms of those two units.
On April 1 Oliver Stepe will be the first non-Japanese president of YKK AP America Inc., the Dublin, Ga.-based manufacturer of windows, doors and building facades, among other products. Mr. Stepe has been an employee for 23 of its 25 years, a milestone the company will celebrate this year.
John Smith has been promoted to present of Macon-based zipper maker YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. and Tape Craft Corp., which has an Alabama factory making webbing used for automotive pull straps and fall protection harnesses, among other applications. Promoted from his position as senior vice president of sales for the U.S. East Coast, Mr. Smith also becomes YKK’s business leader for fastening in North and Central America.
YKK entered the U.S. as trading company Yoshida International in 1960 and built its first zipper factory on 54 acres in Macon in 1974. The company now has more than 300 acres there.