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Toyota WoodYou Home Invites COFI as Guest Speaker

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

August 4, 2016

fumoto2Hidehiko Fumoto, Deputy Director of COFI/Canada Wood gave a 2-hour talk to the design division staff of Toyota WoodYou Home Co, Ltd. Tochigi Prefecture on July 7th, 2016.  The company holds monthly training sessions, where they invite guest speakers from a variety of specialities.  This time Fumoto updated the staff with the dimension lumber fundamentals and wooden construction trends in Canada. A total of 38 individuals of design division participated in the session from more than 10 branches located in Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama and Miyagi prefectures.  The company name used to be “USK” when it started 2×4 housing business in 1986.  After it was affiliated with Toyota Motor company in 1998, the company changed its name to Toyota WoodYou Home.  With the annual housing starts of 450, the company is well known as a top quality production lines following the Toyota Production System with the concepts such as “Just in Time”, “Kanban” or “Kaizen” philosophies.