A joint venture between a Japanese company that produces automated warehouse systems and two Utahns is the first fruit of Gov. Norm Bangerter's overseas trip.

ESKAY Corp. is a joint venture between the U.S. subsidiary of the Toyko-based Daifuku Co. Lmtd.; James Allred, co-founder of Eaton-Kenway; and Dean Jolley, president of Auto-Soft Corp., a Bountiful-based software company.The company, which still has not selected a site for its plant, will eventually employ up to 200 Utahns, according to state Department of Community and Economic Development spokesman Russ Behrmann.

The governor visited the Daifuku headquarters last month during his three-week-long trade mission to Europe, the Soviet Union and the Far East, Behrmann said.

Daifuku is one of the leading producers and suppliers of automated storage and retrieval systems used in warehouses. Unlike the Japanese operation, the company's joint venture in Utah will produce systems for smaller companies.