What better way for a Japanese company headquartered in the United States to celebrate its anniversary than with the planting of Japanese cherry trees?

What better way for a Japanese company headquartered in the United States to celebrate its anniversary than with the planting of Japanese cherry trees?

Ohashi Technica USA, a company that makes nuts and bolts for Honda, is headquartered in Sunbury and also has its distribution center there.

Ohashi's 25-year anniversary coincides with the 100-year anniversary of the planting of 3,020 cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

The trees planted in Washington were a donation from Japan to the people of the United States and were a gift of friendship. The trees represent human life and Japanese culture through the ages, as well as the partnership between Japan and the United States.

Brainstorming ways to celebrate 25 years, Gus Comstock, economic development director for Delaware County, along with Dennis Leckron,

Ohashi's administration manager, and Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin, came up with the idea.

"It's interesting that we will be planting the exact same tree that the Japanese government donated to the United States," Comstock said. "This just seems appropriate for the anniversary."

The trees to be planted are called Somei Yoshino, a light-pink flowering tree. Three trees have been planted and two more will be planted July 25.

Leckron said on July 25, two of Ohashi's past presidents will attend a commemoration ceremony, including Ohashi's worldwide director.
Martin said Ohashi has to remove about 40 ash trees from its property due to emerald ash borer infestation, so the cherry trees will be a great replacement.

Martin added the village of Sunbury is a Tree City USA and is required to plant a least one tree around Arbor Day every year.

"This is a great combination of events," Martin said. "We're celebrating Arbor Day and Ohashi's anniversary."

Ohashi leaders said they are thrilled to be the recipients of the trees.

"Our Japanese management is very excited about receiving these trees as a gift from the village of Sunbury," Leckron said.

Other businesses and cities will plant trees throughout the year to commemorate the 100th anniversary. One of them, Franklin Park Conservatory near downtown Columbus, has received 21 cherry trees to plant.