published Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Auto supplier Van-Rob to add 104 jobs in Coffee County

A Manchester, Tenn., automotive supplier announced today it will spend $16.8 million to expand its plant in the Coffee County Industrial Park and add 104 jobs.

Van-Rob, a division of the German-based Kirchhoff Automotive, will expand its Engineered Lightweight Automotive Solutions operation in Manchester to meet growing demand for its parts. Van-Rob has been supplying the automotive industry with fuel doors and cross car beams since 1997.

”As a rapidly expanding Tier One auto supplier, location is a critical component to our success,” Van-Rob CEO Dennis Berry said in a statement today. “Tennessee's dedicated workforce, great infrastructure, and pro-business climate make the state the perfect place to expand our operations.”

Tennessee employs more than 105,000 workers in the auto industry.

“These expansions help us toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement today.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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