Hitachi completes construction of largest plant at Georgia complex

The U.S. unit of Japanese supplier Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. has completed construction of its third and largest plant at its Monroe, Ga., operations.

The 290,000-square-foot facility, set to launch production in 2016, will produce electric power-steering systems and variable displacement pumps. The other two plants -- which have a combined floor area of about 230,000 square feet -- produce valve timing controls and propeller shafts.

The company invested about $80 million into the addition and expects to add 250 jobs to the current 350-member plant staff.

The older facilities supply parts to General Motors, Renault-Nissan, Ford Motor Co. and Subaru. The company declined to disclose which automakers the new facility would supply.

Hitachi said in a statement that the facility was part of the company’s efforts to keep up with growing demand in North America by expanding production capacity in the region.

Hitachi Automotive ranks No. 20 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers, with estimated worldwide sales to automakers of $8.8 billion during its 2013 fiscal year.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is Hitachi Automotive’s largest customer, accounting for about 34 percent of its total revenue.

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