Construction is underway on the manufacturing facility that will house the community’s newest automotive supplier, HIROTEC America, Inc., which announced in December that it would invest approximately $40 million and create over 100 jobs here over the next three years.
Elaine Middleton, executive director of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board, briefed officials on emerging plans during the board’s June meeting.
The manufacturing plant will be located in the Runway Centre Industrial Park just off the Huntsville Highway in southern Lincoln County, a Select Tennessee Certified Site.
The general contractor, Shimizu North America out of Atlanta, will build the plant. The firm already has a presence on site, Middleton said, adding that SJ&L General Contractors here will be a subcontractor on the project. HIROTEC America, a member of the Japan-based HIROTEC Group, anticipates the plant will be operational in the third quarter of 2020.
The company, established in 1988 with its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., is an automotive Tier 1 supplier specializing in manufacturing tooling. This new location in Tennessee will add part production capacity in the United States.
As the project proceeds, Middleton said the company will be accepting applications and hiring. Details are expected to be announced when that occurs.
The expansion of Toledo Molding & Die (TMD) in the Winchester Highway industrial park is nearing completion, the executive director continued, noting that only a few punch list items remain. The expansion doubles the plant’s size to 252,000 square feet.
The expansion is expected to add between 150 and 200 jobs to the company’s local workforce, which already numbers in the neighborhood of 200.
TMD, which was acquired by the German auto supplier Grammer AG last year, began operations here in March of last year after announcing a year earlier that it had chosen Fayetteville for its newest location. The company is a full-service supplier of interior and air and fluid management systems for the automotive industry.
Change in leadership
In the board’s annual election of officers, Michael Dempsey was elected to serve as chairman. He succeeds Jack Marsh. Elected vice chairman was Eric Reynolds, who succeeds Will Thomas in the position, and re-elected secretary/treasurer as Bonnie Hereford.
“I would like to thank you, Jack, for the great job you’ve done,” said Reynolds, as other board members joined in commending Marsh for his service to the board.
The meeting marked Micky Lawson’s last on the board. Lawson, who had served the maximum term possible on the board, was also commended for his service, and officials expressed their appreciation to Hereford as well.
Updating the board on the community’s ThreeStar Committee, Middleton noted that the local program has identified three objectives as it heads into a new year. The strategic community development program is aimed at assisting communities in preparing for a better future.
Those objectives identified locally include workforce development, the expansion of broadband into rural areas, and retail recruitment.
In addition, the local committee has applied for a $25,000 grant to assist in funding an information technology/cyber security training program.