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Auto supplier Yorozu plans $100 million Alabama plant with 300 jobs

JASPER, Alabama — Yokohama, Japan-based Yorozu Corp., a global Tier 1 automotive supplier, plans to invest more than $100 million to build an advanced metal stamping facility in Alabama, creating 300 jobs in Jasper and adding momentum to the state’s growing auto manufacturing sector.

The Yorozu Automotive Alabama Inc. (YAA) facility will be located on a 50-acre site in the Jasper Industrial Park that had been certified under Alabama’s “AdvantageSite” program. YAA, which will operate as a subsidiary of Tennessee-based Yorozu America Corp., will supply several auto assembly plants with suspensions and other components.

“With the goal of expanding sales and after considerable evaluation of multiple site options, Yorozu Corporation and Yorozu America  are excited to announce our plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Jasper, Alabama,” Yorozu America President Jack Phillips said. “This plant will utilize state-of-the-art technology with respect to production automation and logistics automation. It is the aim of the Yorozu group for this plant to be the No. 1 suspension parts production facility in the world.”

Construction at the Jasper site is expected to begin by January 2016, with completion scheduled for a year later. Production at the new Alabama facility is expected to start in July 2017.

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