"Shifting"? 1982...Honda Accord....Marysville, Ohio. World had already been shifting for a decade in certain markets but if anyone in auto manufacturing was in denial the Accord should have been a real kick in the nutz.
How about 1973? Yamazaki Mazak in Florence, Kentucky. just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, headquarters of Cincinnati Milacron --- the largest CNC machine tool builder in the world at the time.
The rest is history...or so they say.
The history of Honda and Mazak are similar in that both were always somewhat rebel companies in Japan, not necessarily bound by the traditional Japanese alliance of companies know as a "keiretsu". Both companies were harshly criticized at the time by Japanese industry and society alike. Their actions of building plants in America in the 1970's was simply unfathomable in Japan at the time.
Honda's first production facility in Marysville was built in 1979, for motorcycle production.
Mazak and Honda have always been forward-thinking companies (rare in conservative Japan), and knew what the future held for globalization, and building products in the market where they are sold.