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 Supplier News

Summer 2012

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Sanoh America growing fast in Scottsboro, Ala.

Sanoh America will expand for the sixth time since its beginning as Hisan in July 2000, which manufactured tubes for brakes and fuel lines. With this latest announcement, Sanoh will occupy nearly 130,000 square feet and will employ almost 200 people in Scottsboro Industrial Park.

German auto supplier Boysen to build near Vance, Ala.

German automotive supplier Boysen USA said it will build a $34 million plant near Vance to supply exhaust systems for Mercedes-Benz's new C-Class. The company will build a 120,000-square-foot plant on 22 acres north of the MBUSI plant, bringing about 99 jobs to Tuscaloosa County.

Japan-based TASUS invests $19 million in Florence, Ala.

Japan-based TASUS Corporation, an automotive plastic component firm, began construction on a $19 million, 104,000-square-foot injection molding manufacturing facility in Florence, Ala. The deal will create 135 new jobs. 

Hanil USA announces Tallassee, Ala., expansion

Hanil USA, a subsidiary of TI Automotive, will expand its facility, a move that will add 60 new jobs to the existing Tallassee, Ala., location. It will be the third expansion for the company since coming to Tallassee Corporate Park in 2005.

Automotive supplier expanding in Cullman County, Ala.

Zero RPM announced in the summer it plans to expand its operations in Cullman County, Ala. The supplier produces idle mitigation systems for vehicles. The deal will result in 50 new jobs.

Supplier adding jobs in Jasper, Ala.

With the future I-22 almost completed from Memphis to Birmingham, businesses are beginning to take notice. Japan-based AMTEX, a tier-one supplier, announced in the summer it is expanding its operations in Jasper. The company, which produces carpet and trim components, is investing $27 million in a new facility in the Bevill Industrial Park. The deal will create 110 jobs.


Trailer manufacturer investing in Paragould, Ark.

Utility Trailer is adding 22,000 square feet of space at its plant in Paragould. The expansion will enable the company to accommodate more customized trailer work. The deal will generate 50 new jobs.


Mando America begins hiring at new rural Georgia facility

Automotive supplier Mando America has begun hiring at its new $200 million plant near Hogansville, Ga., north of Columbus. The new facility will house 200 workers, ramping up to 400 within three years. The company supplies Kia, Hyundai and other automakers.

Sewon America expands again in LaGrange

The largest parts supplier to the Kia plant in West Point, Ga., is expanding again. Sewon America announced in late August it will add 150 jobs and invest $10 million at its LaGrange facility. The Korean supplier provides Kia with stamping for a variety of parts. This expansion will grow Sewon's employment to 850 workers and a total of $180 million invested in the facility.

Auto parts supplier building new plant in Cartersville, Ga.

Voestalpine Metal Forming, an Austrian automotive parts supplier, announced in August it will build a new $62 million facility in Bartow County, Ga., near Cartersville. The company makes metal parts for a variety of OEMs. The deal will create 220 jobs.

Kia supplier Powertech America to add 143 workers, third shift by January

A major supplier for the Kia auto assembly plant in West Point is moving toward a January expansion that will add a third shift and 143 employees. Powertech America makes automatic transmissions.


Webasto Sunroof Systems investing $10M in Lexington

German-owned automotive supplier Webasto Sunroof Systems is investing $10 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Lexington, Ky. The project will create 65 new jobs.

Thunder Tool establishing operations in Richmond, Ky.

Canadian stamper Thunder Tool & Manufacturing, is establishing operations in Kentucky. The company began as a small tool and die shop in 1965 and has grown into one of the leading metal stamping companies in Canada. The $2.2 million deal will create 45 new jobs.

Small truck equipment operation growing in rural Kentucky

Valley Truck Equipment, which began operations in 2009 with six employees, is tripling its workforce. The company, which installs and repairs a variety of equipment for trucks, is expanding its Utica, Ky. facility.


Missouri auto parts supplier adding 200 jobs

Henniges Automotive, a supplier to GM and Nissan, announced it is expanding its facility in New Haven, Mo. The Farmington Hills, Michigan-based company produces sealing components. The $5 million deal will add 200 jobs to the 260 that are housed at the facility.

LMV Automotive Systems breaks ground on $42 million facility in Liberty, Mo.

LMV Automotive Systems began construction on a $42 million, 212,000-square-foot manufacturing complex in Liberty, Mo., where it will employ more than 150 workers. The facility will manufacture and deliver modular assemblies primarily for the nearby Ford plant.


Drive Automotive expanding in Upstate

Drive Automotive is expanding its body panel plant in Greenville County, S.C. The $50 million deal will create 60 new jobs.

Parts company investing $12M, adding 119 jobs in Upstate

South Carolina Plastics, a maker of plastic automotive components, recently announced it is expanding in Greenville County. The $12 million deal will create 119 new jobs.

Cargo van manufacturer lands in North Charleston, S.C.

Morgan Olsan, a maker of walk-in van bodies, announced recently it will establish a facility in North Charleston, S.C. The $1 million investment will generate 119 jobs.


TPR Federal-Mogul Tenn., to create 72 jobs in Lawrenceburg

TPR Federal-Mogul Tennessee, Inc. will locate a manufacturing plant in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., creating 72 auto supply industry jobs. The plant will make cylinder liners for aluminum block engines.


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