"... all I had to my name was an idea: the Satomobile. Now, I was fortunate enough to meet someone who believed in me and my work ethic. He gave me the money I needed to get my idea off the ground and I built the entire Future Industries empire from that one selfless loan."
Hiroshi Sato realized that not everyone in Republic City would be able to afford their own Satomobile and so, for those less wealthy, he developed the taxi cab as a way to get around. Aside from being a practical and cheap means of transportation, cabs are also suitable for romantic rides through Republic City Park.
As well as producing cars for the common man, Hiroshi Sato also designed a race car. As the ultimate transportation method for thrill seekers, the sleek design and high-powered engine enables the car to reach top speeds while smoothly maneuvering its way around a racetrack.
Future Industries' good name, however, was tainted due to Hiroshi's ties with the Equalists and war crimes, connections which caused investors to shy and stay away from the company. In an attempt to recover from the financial debt, Asami started commissioning the mecha tank technology her father had invented on a larger scale.
In 138 AG, a wealthy businessman invested in Hiroshi Sato's idea of automobiles for the common man. With that money, the eighteen-year-old Hiroshi was able to build a factory, thus marking the inception of his company, Future Industries. His endeavors in further developing the company were successful, and the industry soon began manufacturing Satomobiles, expanding his factory to a true business empire.
In 170 AG, after Hiroshi's daughter, Asami Sato, met Mako and took him out on a date, she brought him to the factory to meet her father. Here, the industrialist briefly explained his past life to Mako. When Asami cut him short, stating that he should stop bragging and tell Mako the good news, Hiroshi announced his decision to sponsor his pro-bending team, the Fire Ferrets, so they could compete in the tournament. The only condition was that the team would have to wear the company's emblem on their uniforms, something Mako did not object to whatsoever.
Following the Equalists' attack on the Pro-bending Arena, Avatar Korra secretly overheard Hiroshi Sato while he was speaking on the telephone, and from the conversation, deduced that the businessman had framed Cabbage Corp's conspiracy with the Equalists. She alerted official authorities, and with permission from Hiroshi, the Metalbending Police Force scoured Future Industries in an attempt to find evidence that could verify Korra's claims. Initially, nothing was found, but a warehouse worker later revealed that Hiroshi Sato had manufactured the weapons used to frame Cabbage Corp in a secret underground factory.
Eventually, Hiroshi was arrested for conspiring with the Equalists, after which Asami became the leader of Future Industries. The company's newest product line was a more domestic model of the biplane. However, due to Hiroshi's previous actions and involvements, no investor wanted to be associated with the company anymore, forcing Asami to go to the Southern Water Tribe, seeking the aid of business tycoon Varrick to put the company back on track. During a brainstorm session, Varrick proposed that Future Industries sell some mecha tanks to the Southerners, thus enabling the company to profit from the brewing Water Tribe Civil War.
Every shipment bound for the south was intercepted. In order to smoke out the culprits, Mako and Asami set up a sting operation with Varrick and the Triple Threat Triad's help. However, they both double-crossed them, as Varrick had paid the triad to keep the teenagers distracted for a couple of hours, enabling him to steal all of Future Industries' stock from its warehouse. With no other recourse and unaware of Varrick's betrayal, Asami sold the businessman a controlling interest in Future Industries in order to save the company from bankruptcy. However, Varrick's control over the company was short-lived, as full ownership of Future Industries reverted back to Asami after the mogul's involvement in President Raiko's attempted kidnapping came to light.
Two weeks after Harmonic Convergence, Asami provided Team Avatar with a Future Industries airship as a mode of transportation, allowing them to venture across the Earth Kingdom to investigate reports of citizens with newly acquired airbending abilities.
Future Industries' facilities are located at an industrial sector in southern Republic City near the foot of an inland mountain range. Most warehouses in this area are expansive and spacious, capable of holding a considerable number of materials in storage for prolonged periods of time. They are made from wooden planks and have a large, rectangular door at their facade. Above the doors are a row of tiny windows, and to the sides are staircases and smaller doors which also provide access to the warehouses. The majority of these buildings have a gray, slanted roof.
The roadways on Future Industries' grounds are often red or brown in coloration and are frequently traversed by trucks for transporting supplies and materials to and from the area. All automobiles are made at the manufacturing center, which is vastly different in layout and structure than the company's other facilities. The building is prism-shaped, made of metal, and has four spire-like towers at its corners. Its interior is capacious and extravagant, symbolic of Future Industries' success and prosperity. A tremendous arched entrance allows access to the manufacturing stations.
Satomobiles are manufactured on an assembly line, where the automobiles are placed on a conveyor belt and shifted through various work stations so that more parts may be added for completing the vehicle. The cars are put in close vicinity to each other, which allows the process to continue easily. This revolutionary system is swift and efficient, allowing for rapid Satomobile production and therefore more wealth for the company. There are three rows of conveyor belts in the manufacturing building, and between two of them is a long table where tools, car parts, and other materials are placed during manufacturing. They are stored in boxes and baskets, and some are brought to the assembly line when needed for production.
Future Industries is known for manufacturing various vehicles, for civilian, military and paramilitary usage:
- Guided tours of the factory lair are available.
- The distinctive four-chimney external design of the Future Industries factory seems to have been inspired by London's historic Battersea Power Station.
- Future Industries resembles the Ford Motor Company in both industry sector and time period. Henry Ford pioneered the assembly line mass production technique, allowing the construction of hundreds of cars every hour at incredibly low costs. Ford's founding also took place toward the end of the second Industrial Revolution, paralleled by Future Industries' radically advanced technology. The two companies are also similar because both companies are involved in aircraft development. Future Industries was the first builder of aircraft in the Avatar universe and Ford helped build aircraft parts and engines during the nascent days of air flight.
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- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 13, 2013). "Rebel Spirit". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 4, 2013). "Peacekeepers". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (May 19, 2012). "The Aftermath". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (October 11, 2013). "The Sting". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Heck, Colin, Zwyer, Melchior (directors). (June 27, 2014). "Rebirth". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
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