Japanese Manufacturer Fills In Behind GM Supplier

A Japanese auto supplier revealed Wednesday it will locate 385 jobs in Maury County. The announcement represents the filling of some vacant space left by GM suppliers.

Nearly all of the parts suppliers for GM’s plant in Spring Hill left along with production of the Chevy Traverse. The Japanese manufacturer that’s coming to Maury County will occupy the former production facility of a company that made headliners. The new supplier is called IB-Tech. It builds seat adjusters for Japanese car makers like Honda, Mitsubishi and Nissan, indirectly.

Brandom Gengelbach is president of Maury Alliance, which recruits businesses to the region. He acknowledges the biggest question is the future of GM’s idled plant, but Gengelbach says it’s a good sign that any automotive supplier is adding jobs.

“Obviously this is a Japanese company, but it’s evidence that business in the auto industry is picking up, which is very encouraging for all of us. We’re a strong automotive community, so naturally as things start to grow back we’re going to be a good location to do business.”

Maury County Mayor Jim Bailey wouldn’t say what kind of incentives were offered to IB-Tech, but he says the county has learned that to be competitive in attracting jobs it has to be willing to pay.

IB-Tech plans to start production at its new facility in 2012. This will be the company’s second plant in the U.S.

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