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
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.
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 Toyotas 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