Georgia Tech grad is featured in article - Four decades of zippers, and much more, from Macon’s YKK

YKK was founded by Tadao Yoshida in Tokyo, Japan, in 1934 -- 80 years ago this year -- and it picked Macon for the company’s first U.S. zipper manufacturing plant.

“In 1972, the company was looking for 11 acres for a small zipper plant in Georgia,” said Alex Gregory, chairman, president and CEO of Marietta-based YKK Corporation of America, the parent company for YKK in Macon. A native of Eatonton, Gregory was hired in 1973 as part of a team of engineers for the first 258,000-square-foot facility.