VISION : To be recognized by our customers as the leader in design, manufacturing, and supply of plastic automotive components.
Nifco was founded in 1967, at a time when Japan was undergoing a period of rapid industrialization led by the automotive and home electronics industries. During this competitive age of mass production, emphasis was placed on manufacturing efficiency—especially that of the diverse automobile and home electronic appliance production lines. Nifco quickly turned its attention to reducing labor and manpower in the manufacturing process by becoming the first company to introduce plastic as an alternative to metal for use as fasteners.
Nifco fasteners utilize the key characteristics of plastic: lightweight, rustproof and highly moldable. Although small in size, Nifco fasteners have made a major contribution to the automobile and home electronic production processes and brought about a “Fastening Revolution” in Japan. Nifco was listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange only twelve years after its founding, and on the First Section less than five years later.
Nifco America began as a joint venture with ITW in 1987 with a small plant in Hilliard, Ohio, that serviced Honda primarily. In 1991, Nifco opened a second plant in La Vergne, Tennessee, to meet the increasing demands of Nissan.
Ten years after opening its first plant, Nifco America bought out ITW and established a new location in Groveport, Ohio. This new location included administration, R&D, tooling, molding, and assembly operations. Nifco further expanded the Ohio operations by purchasing a new assembly and molding space in Canal Winchester, Ohio. In 2006, Nifco consolidated the administration, R&D, tooling, warehouse, and assembly operations in Ohio by expanding the Canal Winchester facility and continues to be the North American corporate headquarters.
In 2005, Nifco further expanded its North American operations by adding a molding and assembly operations in Chihuahua, Mexico. Nifco also added molding and assembly operations in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in 2007 to meet the increasing needs of Toyota business.