Thursday locals and company officials celebrated the Tokyo-based Sakae Casting coming to Idaho.
They chose the Gem State after meeting with state and city officials in Washington D.C. last year.
The company's move to Idaho Falls is credited to fostering good relationships.
"What happened is one of their associates is from our Sister City, and they contacted the Mayor in Tokaimura,” explains Kevin Fuhrman, with the Sister City Council. “That's how they got in contact with the Sister City here."
The company plans to do research with both INL and the University of Idaho.