From staff reports
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An auto parts manufacturer is developing a factory in Lawrenceburg where 72 jobs are being created, a state official said Friday.
TPR and Federal-Mogul Tennessee, Inc. will locate a plant at 201 Helton Drive, Lawrenceburg, State Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said.
The factory's placement is to serve the North American automobile manufacturing industry.
Federal-Mogul Corp. designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes technologies to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle safety. The company is an equipment manufacturer of automotive, commercial, transport and industrial equipment, and serves the automotive parts aftermarket worldwide.
Hagerty welcomed TPR and Federal-Mogul to Tennessee and, on behalf of Gov. Bill Haslam, the Economic and Community Development Department commissioner said the administration appreciates the companies for the investment they're making in Lawrence County and the jobs they are creating
"With Gov. Haslam's leadership and business background, Tennessee's reputation as a business-friendly state continues to strengthen," Hagerty said. "I am pleased companies like TPR continue to invest and grow here."
TPR Federal-Mogul Tennessee is the third joint venture between TPR Co. LTD and the Federal-Mogul Corporation in the U.S. The group also has operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The facility will produce cylinder liners for aluminum block engines and will house foundry, machining and warehousing functions. The facility is projected to begin operations in May of 2013.
TPR America, Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of TPR Co. LTD and controlling shareholder of the joint venture, is based in Schaumburg, Ill., and oversees North American operations. TPR manufactures a number of power-train products for the automotive industry. Major parts include piston rings, cylinder liners, valve seats, and a number of aluminum, alloy, and resin products.
In a prepared statement, TPR America's spokesman said company leaders "were attracted to the area due to the business friendly climate, skilled workforce, and proximity to our customers and suppliers. We have been impressed by the efforts of officials at the state, county, and city level. Their coordination and hard work were a major factor in our decision to choose this location."
"On behalf of Lawrence County, we are excited to be announcing TPR's decision to locate here," Lawrence County Executive J. Mack Chandler, said. "We are a community taking advantage of opportunities for success and are committed to bringing jobs to Lawrence County. The best part of being county executive is being able to help bring new jobs to Lawrence County which will give families the hope they have been looking for. That is, a place to work and raise their family."
Lawrenceburg Mayor Keith Durham said "We are delighted TPR Federal-Mogul Tennessee, Inc has chosen Lawrenceburg to create 72 new jobs. This announcement further reinforces our efforts to recruit jobs to our area. There is a team approach to everything we do, especially in recruiting new industry to Lawrenceburg. We are dedicated to creating a competitive community that is going after companies we want here in Lawrenceburg. Once again it has served us well. The city stands ready to assist TPR with any issues during their growth and start-up process."