Sakai America is celebrating 20 years of assembling asphalt and soil rollers in Adairsville, Georgia.
“Sakai America has experienced exceptional growth over the past 20 years in the United States,” says Yasunori Azumi, president of Sakai America. “We have proudly assembled over 3,500 machines here in our Adairsville, Georgia, facility, and look forward to being part of this community for many years to come.”
Around 50 employees work at the Sakai America facility. The location serves as the company’s North American headquarters, has a 175-foot-long assembly line, 97,000 square feet of office and warehouse space within two buildings and more than 40 acres of land for testing and machine storage.
Sakai America offers a wide range of high-force vibratory compactors designed for compacting asphalt pavement and for road and building site ground preparation. Products include oscillatory asphalt rollers in several size classes and an exclusive vibratory pneumatic tire roller, says the company.
“I started with Sakai America in 2000 and was part of the team that selected this site to build our first U.S. assembly facility,” says Kevin McClain, vice president, Sakai America. “We currently assemble four of our best-selling machines here in Adairsville.” This summer, Sakai will start assembling its SW774 series, now made in Japan, at the facility.
Sakai was founded in Japan in 1918, manufacturing and repairing diesel locomotives and engines. The company now produces a wide range of vibratory compactors and roadbuilding heavy machinery. Sakai vibratory compactors were introduced to North America in 1976.