Automakers, auto suppliers and metal companies in six states
have announced expansion projects over the past month with a
combined value of nearly $158 million.
Manufacturing Indiana Inc. will hire 90 production workers by
the end of July as its Princeton, Ind., assembly plant prepares
to build the 2014 Highlander, in addition to hybrid and export
models. The company will have hired 446 production workers by
the end of the month, nearly 50 more than was planned when the
$400-million Highlander expansion was announced 16 months ago.
The extra staffing reflects plans to build 50,000 more vehicles
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. will invest $80
million to expand in Monroe, Ga., creating 250 jobs. The
company, which makes valve timing mechanisms, propeller shafts
and power steering systems for several automakers, will build a
290,000-square-foot plant to complement its current 230,000
square feet of production space.
Tier I auto component
supplier Aisin Electronics Illinois LLC is investing $32.8
million to expand its Marion, Ill., plant, creating 80
full-time jobs. Aisin will nearly triple the size of its
Illinois operation with a 108,000-square-foot expansion
scheduled to open in March.
Gibbs Die Casting Corp. will spend $22.8 million to expand its
production of aluminum and magnesium castings, machining
assembly and die production. The project includes new
manufacturing lines for automotive eight-speed transmission
parts and rear axles.
Angus-Palm LLC, a
subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-based Worthington Industries Inc.
that manufactures engineered cabs for mobile and off-road
equipment, will spend $13 million to expand its Florence, S.C.,
plant and install several new product lines. The investment is
expected to generate 55 jobs over the next four years.
Argon Industries Inc.,
a Milwaukee-based contract manufacturer of precision sheet
metal parts for generators, appliances, and heating,
ventilation and air conditioning equipment, has purchased a
former Dana Corp. plant and is installing new tooling, for a
total investment of $4.5 million. Argon will consolidate the
operations of two leased buildings into the larger Dana plant,
eventually creating up to 79 jobs and more than doubling the
Corp., which cold-forms metal components for the automotive and
tool industries, has spent $3.7 million to expand an existing
facility in Williamston, S.C., and install new equipment,
creating six jobs.
General Machine of Anderson Inc. will spend $800,000 to expand
its metalworking operations, generating at least 20 jobs. The
companys added space will house new equipment to allow
for an increase in machining, fabricating and manufacturing
capacity. All the work is expected to be completed by