Tokachi 2×4 Association 40th Anniversary Event
The Tokachi 2×4 Association celebrated its 40th anniversary on October 24th and 25th. The organization is made up of twenty-two local 2×4 home builders and they design and build some of the best quality 2×4 homes in Japan. COFI has supported and worked closely with association since inception. In the Tokachi region of Hokkaido, where the association is based, it has expanded the market share for 2×4 homes in the region to 60 percent, the highest in Japan. The organization’s members continue to be valuable customers for Canadian lumber and panel products (SPF and OSB) and strong 2×4 ambassadors for us here in Japan.
To commemorate and further strengthen or ties with this local home builders’ association representatives from the Canadian Embassy, Government of Alberta, COFI, Canada Wood and Canadian SPF lumber and OSB panel producers attended the two-day 40th event that saw over 100 individuals gather for this memorable occasion. The first day of the event began with three keynote speakers providing a history, a look forward, and brand power of the association followed by a dinner party and reception. The second day of the program consisted of construction and housing site visits, where members of association proudly showed off the craftmanship of the airtight and energy efficient homes that they design and build in the region.
At the event, Mr. Tadashi Akasaka current chairman of the association, whose father was the first chairman 40 years ago, expressed his gratitude to COFI and Canada for all the help and support the members have received over the years and his hope the next generation will continue to strengthen these ties and build on this legacy in the future.