Founded in 1935, the Topre Corporation is a Tokyo-based manufacturer of pressed components for automobile equipment. Since its inception, the company has expanded its range of industries to include refrigerating machinery, air-conditioning systems, electronic products and office automation equipment in addition to automobile equipment. Its core technology is precise plastic forming. One of the specialties of Topre s automotive branch is manufacturing automotive parts that are constructed of high-tensile steel. In its 700,000 square foot facility in Cullman, Ala., such parts are produced. This Cullman plant represents a $132 million investment on the part of Topre, a first-tier supplier to automotive companies such as Honda .