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History

  • -1958
  • 1960
  • 1970
  • 1980
  • 1990
  • 2000

-1958

February 1911 Kobayashi Gas and Electric Appliance Mfg. Co. (now Paloma) established in Furuwatari, Nagoya by Yoshisaburo Kobayashi.
1931 Name changed to Kobayashi Manufacturing, Ltd.
November 1933 Shinichi Kobayashi succeeds Yoshisaburo Kobayashi, the founder.
February 1938 Paloma begins to supply aircraft parts. Precision needs result in upgrading of company technology.
1954 LP gas sales begin all over Japan. Paloma sets up production system for LP gas appliances.
August 1958 Sales division becomes a separate company, Paloma Co., Ltd.

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1960

February 1964 First phase of construction of Oguchi Plant completed. Production of gas appliances begins. Plant becomes an independent company, Paloma industries, Ltd.
September 1968 New plant built in Nogata, Fukuoka to increase production capacity to meet growing demand and contribute to local community. Established as Nogata Plant, Paloma Industries, Ltd.

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1970

February 1971 Hokusei Plant in Hokusei, Mie is completed.
April 1973 PH series gas Water Heater models certified by the American Gas Association (AGA) Paloma Industries, lnc. established in USA.

October 1973

Daini plant completed on property adjacent to Head Office.

October 1974

Head Plant designated as JIS (Japan Industrial Standard) plant. All main plants receive JIS recognition—Hokusei, Plant No.2, Oguchi and Nogata.

May 1979

Two Paloma products receive the Ohta Award for the best of its kind in the gas appliance field.

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1980

March 1980 New Head Office building completed.
March 1981 Toshihiro Kobayashi named new Paloma President.
November 1985 Decision made to pursue technical cooperation with the People's Republic of China.
April 1988 Rheem Manufacturing Company, top water heater and air conditioner manufacturer in the US, joins the Paloma Group.
October 1988 Paloma Sapporo R&D Institute established.
April 1989 Paloma receives JSME Medal for Research, Development and Commercialization of High Efficiency Pulse Combustion Appliances.

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1990

May 1994 Leads the industry in equipping FE series indoor water heaters with devices to prevent imperfect combustion (sensing burners).
December 1995 Head Office Main Annex built to accommodate expanded operations
February 1998 Paloma Plaza Building completed in Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

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2000

September 2005 Hiroaki Kobayashi (former senior managing director) appointed as President.
December 2006 Customer Satisfaction (CS) Department established.
Compliance Committee established.
Product-Related Accidents Task Force established.
February 2007 Jiro Kawase appointed President and CEO of Paloma Industries, Ltd.
Company compliance manual completed.
February 2008 Paloma Pulse-Combustion Gas Fryer wins 2008 NRA Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award .
February 2011 Paloma industries, Ltd. and Paloma Co., Ltd. are consolidated into new Paloma Co., Ltd.

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