Japanese Visitors at PSU’s D & M Building

June 5th, 2007 by Adam

Takashi Hatano, chairman of D&M Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is retracing the steps of his great-great uncle in visiting the Draper & Maynard building on the PSU campus June 4. He was accompanied by his sons, Hiroshi and Kiyoshi Hatano.

In the photo, at left, Takashi Hatano looks over sporting goods displayed in Plymouth State University’s D & M building. Hatano’s family first started importing sporting goods from D & M in 1902. He and his sons visited Plymouth to pay tribute to the Plymouth area’s role in their family business.

The D & M building once housed a sporting goods manufacturing plant that produced the first-ever baseball glove. The relationship between the Hatano family and D & M began in 1902, when the Plymouth-produced products were first imported to Japan.

PSU now owns the building, which houses an art gallery, classrooms, offices and the display of D & M sporting goods memorabilia.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr.,(603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu.