Made In Oconee - Koyo’s Anthony Perdrix
As part of our Made In Oconee campaign, we talked to Koyo’s Anthony Perdrix.
What is your role at Koyo?
I am the plant manager for Koyo’s Walhalla, SC facility. I am responsible and accountable for the safety and well-being of our 600 employees, the quality of our products, the satisfaction of our customers, our financial results and the positive impact that our company has on our community and its environment.
What does Koyo make?
Koyo, part of the JTEKT group, makes bearings, driveline components, steering systems and machine tools. We are an international company that operates all around the world with headquarters located in Japan.
What does Koyo make in Walhalla, SC?
Koyo’s Walhalla facility, which has been operating for 56 years, makes bearings for multiple applications- mainly automobile transmissions, torque converters and air conditioning compressors.
What is your favorite part about working at Koyo?
The people. I love working with, and for, the people of Oconee County. I moved here five years ago and fell in love with South Carolina, especially the Upstate and Oconee County. I believe that the people living here have great values: they are hardworking, generous, brave and faithful. I love the interaction I have every day with the people of Oconee County. We recently celebrated the anniversary of employment of one of our workers. She has been working at Koyo’s Walhalla facility for 51 years. I feel very humble before her.
What is Koyo’s company culture like?
We are a Japanese-based company that is highly influenced by the Toyota group and its internationally recognized manufacturing knowledge. We operate all around the world; therefore, we have a very rich, international culture.
What does “Made In Oconee” mean to you?
To me, “Made In Oconee” means being produced by hard workers. It means made with professionalism and great experience. Koyo Walhalla is 56 years old and we continue to grow- we owe this growth to multiple generations of knowledgeable hard working members of this community.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am the proud father of two wonderful children whom I enjoy spending time with. We play in the yard, go to their extracurricular activities and talk. Personally, I enjoy hiking, running and doing any kind of activity on the water.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I didn’t have a clear idea about what I wanted to be when I was a kid, yet I knew very quickly that I always enjoyed interacting with and leading people. I have always enjoyed being a coach and a leader, which is probably why I am a plant manager today.
Why did you choose to move to this area?
I am originally from France and moved here five years ago. Originally, I viewed the move as a job opportunity within the company but I quickly realized it was a life opportunity. I have always like the United States very much but I particularly love this part of the country. It is so beautiful and the people really are amazing. I feel very blessed to be living here.