Business & Real Estate

Japanese firm heads to West Sacramento

Japan’s Mikuni Color Ltd. has selected West Sacramento as the site for its first U.S. manufacturing facility and American headquarters, the city announced.

Established in Osaka in 1963, Mikuni produces synthetic organic industrial dispersion ink for use in electric vehicle batteries, color filters for TV, ink jet printers, pens and other consumer products.

West Sacramento said the local Mikuni facility will supply products for manufacturing lithium ion batteries, which are key power-storage components of electric vehicles.

Mikuni’s initial work force will be 10 to 12 people when operations get started this summer.

Mikuni Color has moved into a 21,000-square-foot facility in West Sacramento’s Riverside Centre business park. The Japanese company is building its production line and offices.

Diane Richards, senior program manager with West Sacramento’s Economic Development and Housing Department, said Mikuni’s initial workforce will be 10 to 12 people when operations get started sometime this summer.

Mikuni is the third Japanese company to choose West Sacramento for its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing site in the past four years. Mikuni joins Nippon Shokken U.S.A. and Shinmei Foods U.S.A., which established facilities in the city in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover