Sasaki Tekko is a very small family-run ironworks business that specializes in the design and manufacturing of equipment for oyster farmers. They have been in the business for almost 50 years, mainly serving oyster farms in Iwate Prefecture with their innovative machines. Sasaki Tekko values and maintains close relationships with their clients, and customers trust them for their prompt service and breadth of new ideas and skillsets.
The tsunami washed away their factory and office that they have worked hard to build over the years, as well as their equipment and tools. While they are determined to rebuild, their determination has been stalled due to financial difficulties. Because of their small business size, they have been disqualified for governmental grants, and have only received a small compensation from the city of Rikuzentakata. In order to purchase essential used equipment that they require at a minimum to resume their manufacturing process, the owner has been forced to use his personal savings, and has been outsourcing many items. Sasaki Tekko is working hard to figure out ways to get back on their feet.
MakiBiz RFP Program
This project is one of the businesses that were selected for the MakiBiz Request for Proposal (RFP) program, which supports the rebuilding of small businesses and entrepreneurs who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the Tohoku region in 2011.