The University of Findlay honoredÂ GSW Manufacturing Inc. founder Kohei Suzuki and his son, Joji â€śGeorgeâ€ť Suzuki, during a ceremony Thursday at the Findlay Country Club.
The university awarded Kohei Suzuki with an honorary doctorate in business administration, while George Suzuki received a distinguished alumnus award from the UF Alumni Association.
Kohei Suzuki established GSW Manufacturing Inc. in Findlayâ€™s Tall Timbers industrial park in 1989, the first wholly Japanese-owned company in Findlay. GSW serves as the North American headquarters for G.S. Eletech, which manufactures automobile electrical and hose assemblies.
GSW also supported a Japan study tour for educators and community leaders for 10 years between 1993 and 2003, sending more than 20 community leaders to Japan. The program is now supported by the Friends of Findlay, a consortium of Japan-based companies in northwest Ohio.
He also opened Japan West, a restaurant specializing in Japanese cuisine, in downtown Findlay.
George Suzuki moved to Findlay to help start GSW Manufacturing Inc., and later became the company’s president from both 1994 to 1999, and 2002 to 2008. He was also a founding member of Friends of Findlay.