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News Around the NAPs

We wish to take a moment to spotlight some good news on behalf of some of our North American Production sites (NAPs), which are all part of the AISIN Corporation family. With 40 facilities and 14,000 employees in North America, AISIN – and its Team Members – make a positive impact on communities all year long. Please check back frequently to learn how other NAPs are making important contributions to their communities!

AISIN Drivetrain, Inc. (ADI) celebrated its 25th anniversary of doing business in Crothersville, Indiana, by donating $10,000 to Crothersville Community Schools and $10,000 to the Crothersville Town Council to be used for public safety services. The presentation was made by ADI President Scott Shade in October at a small, private event due to Covid safety protocols.

Left to right representing the town of Crothersville were councilmen Jamy Greathouse, Chad Wilson, clerk-treasurer Danieta Foster, ADI President Scott Shade, representing Crothersville Community Schools were CHS principal Doug Ballinger, School Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin, and school board member and ADI associate Chad Ord. Photo courtesy of The Crothersville Times.

“We’re thrilled to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for 25 years,” said Shade. “We’re a family here and most of our team members live in or near Crothersville, so the ADI family attitude extends well beyond the plant and into the community. That makes a difference how we work together, how we treat each other, and how we feel about our town.”

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Note: ADI, which manufactures automotive components and systems, steering columns, and transmissions, construction is nearing completion of a $55 million expansion expected to add 141 new jobs. The changes support AISIN’s initiative to accelerate the electrification of vehicles, and ADI will accommodate equipment and design changes for the Toyota large capacity Hybrid electric rear axle assembly and electric water pump in the 353,799 SF facility. Stay tuned for progress updates at Aisin (

It’s been a busy year at AISIN Canada, Inc. (ACI) in Stratford, Ontario, which partnered with The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and local high school students for a massive tree planting partnership in October.

AISIN Canada employees and local students plant over 500 trees with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority in Stratford, Ontario.

More than 500 native trees were planted by students, volunteers and AISIN employees to improve biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and give opportunities for students to get involved in their community and to learn that their efforts can make a difference. Click here for video:

In September, ACI was also recognized as a safety benchmark by Workplace, Safety and Prevention Services, a branch of the Canadian Ministry of Labour. A professional film crew visited the site and footage of ACI’s use of collaborative robots was shared to help inspire and promote safety at other locations throughout Canada.

Finally, the Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce in September presented ACI with the “Business Excellence” and “Business of the Year” award for being a business that has demonstrated a commitment to professional ethics, excellence in customer service, a willingness to engage in innovation, an ongoing responsibility to its staff, and an involvement in its community.

For more information on AISIN Canada’s activities and products, please visit Aisin Canada.

Steffanie Savine, Executive Vice President of MBE Group (left) and Fumiko Higa-Bales, Assistant Manager, Branding and Supply Chain Management, Aftermarket with ADVICS receive the Automotive Communications Award presented by Women in Auto Care at AAPEX 2021 for “Best B2B Technical Article/Blog/Content Piece.”

ADVICS, an AISIN Group Company and the leader in advanced braking technology, won an Automotive Communications Award presented by Women in Auto Care at AAPEX 2021 in November for “Best B2B Technical Article/Blog/Content Piece” for its entry titled “Ceramic vs. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads: How They Work and What They’re Made of.”

The award-winning article drove more website traffic than any other paid or organic source, achieving more than 55 percent of total website visits between October 2020 and August 2021.

“As the leader in braking technology for the automotive aftermarket, we recognize the importance of providing quality technical resources to technicians and automotive repair professionals,” said Fumiko Higa-Bales, branding and supply chain manager, Aftermarket. “We are proud to accept this award for our content that has not only helped to educate technicians, but has also achieved outstanding results for our brand in the way of SEO, website traffic, and brand awareness.”

The award acknowledges companies and agencies for their outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts in the automotive aftermarket.

For more information on ADVICS, visit, and find its entire library of technical articles, videos and more here.

FT Techno receives “Project of the Year” Award  at Economic Development Council of Livingston County’s 2021 Annual Meeting.
Pictured from L to R: Marcia Gebarowski, Director of Business Development at Ann Arbor SPARK; Mike Benjamin, Director of Operations at FT Techno; Kensei Hayakawa, Executive Vice President at FT Techno.

At its annual meeting in November, the Economic Development Council of Livingston County, along with Ann Arbor SPARK, presented FT Techno of America (FTTA) with the “Project of the Year” award. You can view the video that was created on FTTA especially for this award by clicking here.

FTTA, an AISIN Group Company, operates the Fowlerville Proving Ground, an automotive vehicle evaluation center spanning 950 acres in Handy Township (Fowlerville, Michigan). The facility is dedicated to engineering, design, R&D, testing and prototype activities to support customers and AISIN affiliates in North America. Since it opened in 2005, FTTA has continued to invest in and expand its capabilities and services and in 2021 constructed a 1.4-mile handling course, as well as an area of special surfaces for evaluating vehicle ride comfort, noise, harshness, and vibration.

For more information on FTTA please visit