Topre America Corporation recently announced plans for an $80 million, 98-job expansion at its Cullman, Alabama plant. The manufacturer of metal stamped products for Nissan, Toyota, and Honda will use the new production capacity to supply parts for the 2018 Nissan Altima being built in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The Cullman location is the company’s North American headquarters, with additional facilities in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio. It opened in 2003 and now employs approximately 600 workers. Cullman County as a whole has attracted a tremendous amount of automotive manufacturing. Over the last 25 years, the area has gone from zero automotive plants to a combined workforce of over 2,000 auto workers.
In Fort Wayne Indiana, German auto part maker ElringKlinger announced plans for a $23 million expansion that will create up to 120 new jobs. The company makes automotive cylinder and head gaskets, components for lithium-ion batteries, and fuel cells. The investments will focus on logistics, manufacturing, and information technology equipment.
Reports indicate that Fort Wayne could be providing the company with tax abatements that would save it nearly $1.5 million over the next decade. ElringKlinger also has U.S. plants in Fremont, California and Buford, Georgia.