Hitachi Automotive to expand its operations in Ga.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas to expand its operations in Georgia

Associated Press

MONROE, Ga. (AP) -- Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. is set to expand its operations in Georgia's Walton County, creating 250 new jobs and investing $80 million, state officials announced Tuesday.

The expansion will require an additional 290,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its current two buildings, Gov. Nathan Deal said in a written statement. The company's current facility, formerly Unisia of Georgia Corp., was established in Monroe —about 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta — in 1996.

The facility employs about 300 full-time and 75 part-time workers. The plant produces valve timing mechanisms, propeller shafts and power steering systems for numerous automakers, and is being offered assistance from the workforce training program Georgia Quick Start, state officials said.

"Walton County and its workforce deserve a lot of credit for providing a progressive business-friendly, work-ready environment that invites existing industries to keep investing there," Deal said.

"We've been able to bring additional business to Georgia because of a strong workforce, and based on our past history, a strong relationship with Walton County and the local community," said Michael Schoon, director of finance for Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, in a written statement.

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