published Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Auto parts maker expanding in Middle Tennessee

Auto parts supplier Southtec LLC officials said today the company will expand and invest $23.6 million into its current operations in Lebanon, Tenn., and a new site in Wilson County and create 210 new jobs.

Southtec is expanding due to growth in its businesses with auto companies, according to the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The company produces stampings and welded assemblies. Southtec currently operates in Lebanon with 315 employees. That facility will require an expansion of about 30,250 square feet to accommodate two new large automotive stamping presses and associated equipment and employees.

With the new project, the expansions will bring Southtec’s total Tennessee employment to 525 employees.

“The automotive industry provides employment for more than 114,000 Tennesseans,” said Bill Hagerty, ECD’s commissioner.

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