A pair of German automotive suppliers recently announced plans to expand in Vance, Alabama, which is expected to boost automotive staffing by 120 positions over the next few years.
The Tuscaloosa News reports the first supplier, which has served the Mercedes-Benz facility in Vance for the last seven years, will create 94 new jobs as a result of a $19.5 million expansion. Johannes Carl, the plant's manager, noted it is the third announced expansion for the company in Vance over the past two years.
The firm became the first supplier of auto parts for the next-generation Mercedes C-Class sedan in October, but Carl did not disclose which company would be receiving parts under the latest agreement, according to the news source.
North Carolina is also looking to satisfy its employment need in the automotive sector as Governor Bev Perdue has announced a major sealing parts manufacturer will create 64 new positions at a plant in the Reidsville area, the Greensboro News-Record reported.
There is currently a demand for automotive contractors and Perdue said the job creation is part of a $2.2 million capital investment project partially funded by a $65,000 grant from the North Carolina Fund designed to boost local businesses.