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From Value One, Spring 2014 No. 44
Metal One Holdings America, Inc. (MOHA)
Preparing for Expanded Operations
The economic downturn that followed the 2008 financial crisis was protracted in the U.S. Gradually, however, the economy has been recovering due to lower energy costs the shale gas revolution has produced, American manufacturing firms associated with the gas industry moving their factories back home, and reviving consumption. There are also expectations that car production will grow rapidly as car manufacturers hurry to invest in Mexico. In the midst of this environment, Metal One Holdings America, Inc. (MOHA) is preparing to capture growing demand for steel in the energy and automotive industries, making them as priority sectors, establishing new steel service centers and strengthening our sales network for energy-sector steel.
Cold Chicago Winter
MOHA's office is in Chicago, the third-largest city in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles, and the biggest city in the American Midwest. Metal One America, Inc., Coilplus, Inc. and Nifast Corporation are also headquartered here. Chicago is located at almost the same latitude as Hakodate in Japan, and the temperature drops quite a bit in wintertime. This January it hit minus 27ºC.
Central air conditioning and heating systems are installed in every home to ensure that the inhabitants stay comfortable even in winter. It is not cold indoors even when wearing just a T-shirt. However, you cannot turn the heat off when you go out because your water pipes would end up freezing. I feel that money spent on the gas bill is a bit of a waste when I go on a long vacation, but it is an unavoidable part of living here. And if you live in a house, a snow blower is an essential piece of equipment because you cannot get your car out of the garage if you do not clear the snow first. When it continues snowing until late at night, households are all busy shoveling the snow until late, and also early in the morning, fighting the cold and drowsiness.
Local governments plow the roads, so there is usually no problem getting through, but the cars all turn white as they get covered with the salt that is spread in huge amounts to melt the snow. This is a factor in rusting, so you have to wash your car more frequently in winter
Residential use snow blower blows snow away just like that

A car completely covered with salt
Local Educational Situation
Most representatives come here with their families, and the biggest worry is their children's education. Many Japanese live in the U.S., but there are only three full-time Japanese schools—two in New York City and one in Chicago. Apparently many Japanese people have their children in lower grades attend the Japanese school to ensure that they learn proper Japanese. For kids in the upper primary school grades and beyond, many parents choose a combination of Saturday supplementary classes and local public schools. You might wonder whether these kids are all right when suddenly faced with English in local schools, but fortunately most local schools offer English as a second language (ESL) classes. Children whose native language is not English can begin their studies from the basics. Immigrants from foreign countries continue to increase in the U.S., and ESL is indispensable in fulfilling the goal of providing equal educational opportunities.
Local high school
Deep-Dish Pizza
Can anyone name Chicago's three most famous foods? Generally, people would say steak (Chicago style), hot dogs, and deep-dish pizza. I would guess that of the three, most people are least familiar with deep-dish pizza. It might better be described as pie with a whole bunch of cheese, and gets full marks for the size of the helping. You should definitely give it a try the next time you pass through Chicago.
A dish not quite the same as pizza
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