Plastech Engineered Products Inc. is planning a $35 million injection molding operation near Birmingham, Ala.
The 294,000-square-foot site in McCalla, Ala., will supply interior and exterior trim parts to the nearby Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala., as well as components to Tier 1 suppliers in the region, the company said last week.
"This facility strengthens our ability to win new business in the southeastern area," Plastech President Don Coates said in a written statement. "It also provides us significant growth potential."
Plastech of Romulus, Mich., has been expanding since it signed a component sourcing agreement with Johnson Controls Inc. in 2001. Since then, it has announced plans for new plants in Caro, Mich., and Chicago in addition to the Alabama site. It also reportedly is considering a second plant in Louisville, Ky.
The company ranks No. 58 on the Automotive News list of top 150 original equipment suppliers to North America, with original equipment sales of $680 million in 2002, up 70 percent from a year earlier.
The McCalla plant will have about 250 employees at its launch, with an expected expansion to 400 employees.
Rhoda Miel writes for Plastics News, a sister publication to Automotive News