Japanese auto parts maker to add 200 jobs in N.C.

The Associated PressMay 8, 2013 

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer plans to add more assembly lines and hire an additional 200 workers at its Greenville factory by the end of 2016.

ASMO North America already employs more than 530 people at the site, where it produces parts for wipers and radiator fan motors for its North American customers. The products are used by Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and BMW.

The company will receive tax breaks and other incentives from state and local governments worth more than $6 million, including $1.25 million in job development grants over 12 years. The company must meet hiring and investment targets to receive the incentives.

ASMO has said it will invest $50 million in assembly lines and die-cast machinery for the Greenville site.

ASMO’s parent company is headquartered in Kosai City, Japan. The company came to North Carolina in 1988 with a facility in Statesville, and expanded into Greenville in 1995. It also operates manufacturing facilities in Texas and Michigan. Both those states were also considered for the expansion, according to a release from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office.

Average salaries for the new jobs will be $34,600, slightly above Pitt County’s average annual wage of $33,800.

“Our expansion will require highly skilled associates, and we look forward to strengthening our ties with Pitt Community College to provide the training needed for the future,” Takashi Akai, head of the Greenville facility, said in a statement.

The Pitt County Development Commission will provide up to $30,000 to Pitt Community College for employee training.

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