Champions of Change
Akira “Kevin” Koyasu is the chief executive officer of Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc, a builder of “Shinkansen” bullet trains. Kevin led the efforts for Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. to open its first US plant in Rochelle, IL and has created more than 300 direct jobs, and now has 5 major contracts to supply “Made-in-America” passenger rail cars to various transit authorities throughout North America such as Chicago, California, Virginia and Toronto, Canada. Under Kevin’s leadership, Nippon Sharyo has also recently launched the expansion program in Rochelle by adding new 327,000 ft2 building to produce parts and components with American steel to meet “100% Buy America” requirements.