Gov. Pete Ricketts continues on his trade mission to Japan, stating he is busy selling Nebraska to Japanese business executives.
Ricketts says he has spent quite a bit of time with companies that already do business with the state.
“As a new governor, it’s important for me to establish relationships with the people who are doing business with us so that we can continue to build upon that,” Ricketts tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call from Japan. “Much of your new business is going to come from existing relationships so we really want to capitalize on that.”
The Nebraska delegation met with Kewpie Corporation. Its subsidiary, Henningsen Foods, has facilities in Omaha, Norfolk, David City, and Ravenna.
The delegation has also met with Marubeni, Kawasaki, and Itochu, which have investments in Nebraska.
A Nebraska manufacturer is taking advantage of the governor’s trade mission to Japan.
The president of Bruckman Rubber of Hastings, Jack Schreiner, says the trade mission offers a great opportunity for his company.
“Some very large companies may have the resources to go overseas and search out other companies. In a case like ours, where we’re a medium-sized manufacturer, the governor having opened doors for us makes a big difference in whether we have an opportunity in this global market or not,” according to Schreiner.
Bruckman manufactures custom industrial products and has quite a few customers in Japan.
Schreiner says foreign trade makes a difference for his company and joining a trade mission helps.
“We also have developed over the years some customers in Japan. So, it gave us a very good opportunity to come over and visit those customers. At the same time, they had a chance to meet our governor and learn all of the advantages of doing business in Nebraska,” Schreiner says.
After spending the next few days in Japan, Schreiner plans to travel to Shanghai, China to discuss trade with Chinese business executives.
Gov. Ricketts will travel to Beijing, China on Thursday to meet with business executives and governmental officials.