Behr America will build a plant in Mexico to produce radiators for automaker customers there and in the United States.
A spokeswoman told Automotive News Thursday that the plant will be built in Saltillo, Mexico. Construction will start this spring.
Several automakers and suppliers, including General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Delphi Corp. and Lear Corp., have plants near Saltillo.
Behr America is a subsidiary of German supplier Behr GmbH & Co. KG, which ranks No. 30 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $3.79 billion in 2004.
Behr said it plans initial spending of $13 million for the project.
The plant will be built in two phases. Behr expects the first phase to be competed by late this year. With the first phase, Behr expects the plant to employ 250 workers.
Behr America has about 3,000 employees in Troy, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Charleston, S.C.; and Forth Worth, Texas.
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