Watahan & Co., Ltd.

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Corporate History

Corporate History

1598 Founded as a cotton business in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture. ( Watahan, the company name, derived from the name of the owner, Wataya Hanzaburo. )
Early in the Meiji era
(1868-1912)
Business focus shifted from cotton to retail hardware management.
1949 Separated from Nohara Co., Ltd., Iida sales office became independent as Watahan Doutetsu Kanamono Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Hardware ) ( now Watahan & Co., Ltd. ) with capital of ¥200,000.
1953 Increased capital to ¥5,000,000.
Established Shimako Co., Ltd. by acquiring Shimako, a paper dealer in Matsumoto City, Nagano. Began supporting young people in the local Han-i district who wished to attend high school by establishing the Tatsukyo Scholarship Foundation, modeled on the national Japanese Scholarship Foundation.
1955 Watahan Doutetsu Kanamono Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Hardware ) opened a store at Matsumoto City, Nagano, along with a series of business offices in Nagano and Shizuoka Prefectures.
1957 Initiated insurance agency business by establishing Watahan Kyoei Co., Ltd., which would later become Watahan Nohara Sogyo Co., Ltd., through Nohara Kyoei Kosan Co., Ltd.
Contributed study materials to new elementary and junior high school students in families on public assistance in Nagano and Shizuoka.
1958 Watahan Doutetsu Kanamono Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Hardware ) increased its capital to ¥10,000,000.
1961 Watahan Doutetsu Kanamono Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Hardware ) established new Matsumoto Construction Department as our first steel frame construction business, in Matsumoto City, Nagano.
1962 Watahan Doutetsu Kanamono Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Hardware ) established a long roof manufacturing factory in Shizuoka City and began exterior roof construction, thereby building the foundations of our construction business.
1964 Established Watahan dormitory, later Seigaryo, to support students in the Han-idistrict who wished to attend high school.
1966 Watahan Doutetsu Kanamono Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Hardware ) changed its name to Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) Completed the Watahan Nohara Building at Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo as the Tokyo Head Office of Watahan Nohara Group.
1967 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) opened a store at Mishima City, Shizuoka, along with a series of business offices in the Tokai, Chubu, Kanto and Kansai areas.
Established Watahan Jisho Co., Ltd. ( Estate ), later merged with Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) through Watahan Kosan ( Estate ) Co., Ltd., Watahan Ryokuka Co., Ltd. ( Greening ), and Watahan Intec Co., Ltd.
1968 Purchased Iida Floatstone Block Industry Co., Ltd. and changed the name to Watahan Concrete Industry Co., Ltd. (Name changed in 1975 to Watahan Construction Material Industry Co., Ltd. )
Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) increased its capital to ¥100,000,000.
1970 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) built Shizuoka Factory ( now Watahan Solutions Co., Ltd. Shizuoka Plant ) for steel frame manufacturing at Oigawa-cho, Shizuoka.
Later, developed steel frame and bridge contract construction business, based on manufacturing technologies.
1974 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) increased its capital to ¥200,000,000.
Watahan Jisho Co., Ltd. ( Estate ) began landscaping business.
1977 Established DIY chain store ( super center ) business Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. at Nagano City, Nagano, and opened first store in Nagaike.
1980 Completed an annex to the Watahan Nohara Building at Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.
Supported the establishment of social welfare corporation Watahan Nohara Sekizenkai, which opened Home Villa Ryokufuen, a low-cost social welfare facility for the elderly.
1981 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) increased its capital to ¥430,000,000.
1987 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) established the Iida Factory ( now part of Watahan Solutions Co., Ltd. ) as a steel frame manufacturing factory at Takamori-machi, Shimoina-gun, Nagano.
1991 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) completed its headquarters building in Iida City,Nagano.
1992 Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. (DIY chain store ) introduced POS systems in all stores.
1993 Watahan Nohara Group exhibited at the Shinshu Exposition.
1995 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) spun off its Steel Frame Business Department to establish Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd.
1996 Established Watahan Creative Products Co., Ltd. to begin sales of cosmetics agents.
1999 Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd. began multi-story self-parking facility business.
Watahan Nohara Sogyo Co., Ltd. ( Holding Company ) contributed art works to the Iida City Museum.
2000 Shimako Co., Ltd. began remodeling business. Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. grew to encompass ten stores, mainly in Nagano Prefecture.
Watahan Kenzai Co., Ltd. ( Construction Materials ) and Watahan Ryokuka Co., Ltd. ( Greening ) merged to become Watahan Intec Co., Ltd.
Watahan Nohara Sekizenkai, a social welfare corporation, opened "Kuwanomi," a western region day service center.
Watahan Intec Co., Ltd.'s Matsumoto Factory acquired ISO 9002 certification. ( This certification transitioned to ISO 9001 in 2003 and expanded to include the Steel Frame Business Department in 2009. )
2002 Watahan Intec Co., Ltd.'s Greening Business Department acquired ISO 9001 certification.Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. began operation of the Nagano Distribution Center.
2003 Restructuring of Watahan Group. Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) changed its name to Watahan & Co., Ltd. and became a holding company.
Business departments were transferred to the new Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) and Watahan Intec Co., Ltd. Shimako Co., Ltd. acquired ISO 9001 certification.
2004 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) spun off its rebar business and established Watahan Tekkin Co., Ltd. ( Reinforcing Steel )
2005 Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. introduced regular delivery of commodities to Nagaike and Suwa stores.
Social welfare corporation Watahan Nohara Sekizenkai opened "Kazakosi-no-sato,"a special nursing home for the elderly.
2006 Watahan Nohara Sogyo Co., Ltd. merged with Watahan Creative Products Co., Ltd. to become the new Watahan Creative Products Co., Ltd.
2007 Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. introduced fresh food to the Nagaike store and made it a super shopping center.
2008 Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. began operation of the Ina Distribution Center.
Transferred Watahan Creative Products Co., Ltd.'s trading business to Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd., and transferred CP and insurance agent businesses outside of the Group.
Tokyo Office, Parking Business Department, at Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd., acquired ISO 9001 certification.
Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. opened the Minowa super shopping center.
Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery )'s Four Season Window Manufacturing Department acquired ISO 9001 certification.
2009 Watahan Creative Products Co., Ltd. transferred its Chem-Dry business to Shimako Co., Ltd.
Watahan & Co., Ltd. merged with Watahan Creative Products Co., Ltd.
2010 Watahan & Co., Ltd. acquired all stock in Mitsuba Trading Co., Ltd. and made it a subsidiary.
Shimako Co., Ltd. transferred its remodeling business to Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery )
Tokyo Office, Parking Business Department of Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd., acquired ISO 14001 certification.
2012 Restructuring of Watahan Group construction businesses. Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd.( Steel & Machinery ) merged with Shimako Co., Ltd.
Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd.'s parking and construction businesses transferred to Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery )
Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. opened the Chikuma super shopping center.
2013 Continued restructuring of Watahan Group construction businesses. Watahan Intecs Co., Ltd.'s bridge business transferred to Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd.
Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery ) merged with Watahan Intecs Co., Ltd.
2014 Established Right at Home Co., Ltd. as a fully owned subsidiary of Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. ( Steel & Machinery )
Listed with second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Watahan & Co., Ltd. increased its capital to ¥844,400,000.
2015 Watahan & Co., Ltd. increased its capital to ¥951,404,000.
Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. opened the Toyoshina super shopping center.
Watahan Home-Aid Co., Ltd. grew to encompass 18 stores with the opening of a super shopping center in Shiojiri.
Watahan & Co., Ltd. acquired all stock in Kishi Co., Ltd. and made it a subsidiary.
Listed with first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
2016 Watahan Kouki Co., Ltd. and Watahan Tecnos Co., Ltd. merged tobecome Watahan Solutions Co., Ltd.
Mitsuba Trading Co., Ltd. changed its name to Watahan Trading Co., Ltd.
Watahan & Co., Ltd. acquired all stock in Jmart Co., Ltd. and made it a subsidiary.
2017 Kishi Co., Ltd. changed its name to Watahan Fresh Market Co., Ltd.
Established Watahan Partners Co., Ltd.
Jmart Co., Ltd. changed its name to Watahan Jmart Co., Ltd.