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Automotive fastener maker plans Indiana plant expansion

Keywords: Tags  Sunright America Inc., automotive fasteners, plant expansion, Columbus, Ind., Sugura Seisakusho Co., weld nuts, flange nuts Toshiaki Takeuchu

CHICAGO — Sunright America Inc., a Japanese manufacturer of automotive nuts, bolts and specialty fasteners, broke ground July 11 on an expansion project at its Columbus, Ind., manufacturing complex.

The company, a subsidiary of Sugiura Seisakusho Co. Ltd., will invest $34.7 million to build and equip two additional facilities on its 33-acre campus. The 176,000-square-foot and 160,000-square-foot buildings will house additional lines for producing automotive nuts and bolts.

The first  line is expected to begin ramping up production in April 2014. The increase in output will require Sunright to hire up to 103 people by 2016. The company counts 130 workers now.

Incorporated in Indiana in 2002, the Tier 1 supplier to Toyota Motor Corp. and other automakers produce mainly weld nuts and flange nuts with output set at roughly 5 million parts per day.

"We supply our products to all of Toyota’s North American plants and 80 other customers," Sunright executive vice president Toshiaki Takeuchi said in a statement.

The latest move marks the third major expansion for Sunright in Indiana since 2005. In 2008, the company moved to its current 170,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Columbus and expanded again in 2011, upping the size its facility to 322,000 square feet.

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