Plastic Omnium to build $65M plant in Chattanooga
Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors announced plans to build a new plant in Chattanooga, according to a recent news release. The new facility represents an investment of $65 million. The move will create 184 new jobs by the time the facility starts production in 2015 and 300 new jobs within three years of opening.
According to Marc Cornet, president of the Americas of Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors, the company will purchase about 27 acres at Enterprise South Industrial Park. “Chattanooga is an ideal location for Plastic Omnium to serve the automotive industry in the Southeast,” said Cornet.”We appreciate our partnership with both local and state officials, who are working closely with us to establish this new operation.”
Manufacturing operations at the Chattanooga facility will include injection molding, painting and assembly of automobile exterior components, such as bumpers and fenders, for sale and delivery to OEMs. Initially, all of the products will be for the production at Volkswagen Chattanooga, but Plastic Omnium will soon extend its reach to U.S. plants for Ford, GM, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan and Toyota.
Headquartered in France, Plastic Omnium has 110 plants in 30 countries, 15 of which are located in North America. The company employs 22,000 worldwide. Plastic Omnium designs, produces and delivers front end and fender modules, multi materials and personalized global solutions for worldwide car manufacturers. The company is No. 1 worldwide for bumpers, as well as worldwide leader in the fenders and plastic body panels markets.