Yokohama Tire receives award from Fullerton Chamber of Commerce

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Yokohama Tire Corp. has been named recipient of the 2011 Presidents’ Business Achievement Award by the Fullerton (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce, which annually recognizes businesses for their innovation, entrepreneurship and outstanding business citizenship. Yokohama was awarded the top honor in the large business category.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” says Takao Oishi, president and chief executive officer of Yokohama Tire Corp. “Service to society and stewardship of the environment are two hallmark values for Yokohama, and having our efforts validated by the award is truly gratifying.”

Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC), whose U.S. headquarters has been located in Fullerton since 1986, was recognized for its numerous civic activities, including its Forever Forest initiative, where the company planted 500 trees at its facility and conducted a tree-planting lesson at nearby Commonwealth Elementary School. The initiative is part of the global commitment by YTC’s parent company – The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. in Japan – to plant about 500,000 trees around the world by its centennial anniversary in 2017. Additionally, YTC was recognized for its charitable donations to more than 20 causes such as cancer research, family service organizations and, most recently, the Japanese earthquake relief fund with the American Red Cross.

“Yokohama has been a valuable member of the Fullerton business community for many years,” says Theresa Harvey, executive director of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. “Their community outreach, both with their charitable donations and their work on the Forever Forest event, really put them over the top.”