About Us

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.

YKK entered the U.S. market in 1960 as Yoshida International, a zipper distributor. In 1972, YKK Corporation purchased 54 acres in Ocmulgee Park in Macon, Georgia to build its National Manufacturing Center, which opened in 1974. Today, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. occupies 300 acres in Macon and offers more than 1,500 styles of plastic and metal zippers, the automated equipment to install them, as well as hook and loop self-closing tape fastening systems and plastic buckles and notions for the apparel (denim, ready-to-wear, jacket and infant wear) industry, as well as for the personal protective equipment, tactical equipment, transportation, personal care, luggage, furniture, and sporting goods industries.

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Products

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Products in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky manufactures metal snaps and buttons, hooks and eyes, rivets and burrs and other metal fastening products for the apparel (denim, infant wear, jackets, etc.), footwear, boating, sporting goods, government, safety medical and transportation industries.


Our R&D teams constantly explore possibilities for advancing our business and the industries we serve. YKK engineers continue their long track record of creating breakthroughs in new products, applications, and manufacturing methods, as well as working closely with customers to develop solutions to meet their fastening needs.


Ever since YKK’s founding, quality  has been central to the YKK Group’s management, and all of its business activities revolve around the assurance of quality. Each YKK production site conducts various quality tests and reports the results to Japan HQ on a regular basis in order to maintain and assure a consistent quality level.

Vertical Integration

Our system of vertically integrated manufacturing  also allows us to provide our customers with the consistent quality products that they have come to expect. This focused method of manufacturing requires YKK to produce everything from raw materials and machines to finished goods in-house.   For example, we manufacture our own brass in-house at our National Manufacturing Center in Macon, Georgia.