Editor’s note: Congratulations Shimano it is great to see this much growth happening in a U.S. company.

IRVINE, Calif. 11/9/12 – Shimano American Corporation breaks ground today on an expansion to the distribution center at its Irvine, Calif. headquarters, announces Dave Pfeiffer, company president. “This investment, combined with our East Coast distribution center expansion project started last month, will help us to improve our operational capabilities to better service our customers,” Pfeiffer said.

The Irvine facility (1 Holland, Irvine, CA 92618) will grow 48,000 square feet in distribution space, and an additional 3,000 square feet in office space, notes Allen Johnston, Shimano’s senior manager of operations. Along with Shimano bicycle components and fishing tackle, the company will continue to distribute its G.Loomis fishing rods and PowerPro fishing line from the Irvine location. When the project is complete in August 2013, Shimano will add the distribution of its Pearl Izumi technical cycling and running products, and have better capabilities for distribution of Jackall Lures the company begins handling in January.

“With our expansion plans both in Irvine and at our distribution center in Ladson, S.C.,” said Pfeiffer, “ we’ll improve the efficient handling and shipping logistics of our brands – leading to benefits to all our business partners. ”

Shimano American Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Shimano, Inc., a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of fishing tackle and bicycle components. Along with its Irvine, Calif. sales, service and distribution operations and its Pearl Izumi USA headquarters in Louisville, Colo., Shimano manufactures its PowerPro braided fishing line in Grand Junction, Colo., and its G.Loomis fishing rods in Woodland, Wash. Beginning in January 2013, it will also handle the sales, marketing and distribution of Jackall Lures in the U.S. and Canada.