ELSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sakamoto Industry Company, Ltd. of Ohta City, Japan. Sakamoto was founded in 1946 and is an automobile components manufacturer primarily producing fuel tanks and exhaust system parts. Sakamoto’s major customer is Fuji Heavy Industry, Ltd., the parent company of Subaru in Japan.
1987 Hisazi Sakamoto, president of Sakamoto Industry, along with other members of the Company selected Elwood, Indiana as the location of this new manufacturing plant. To reflect the partnership between the Indiana city and the Japanese company, the first two letters from each were used to create the name of “ELSA.”