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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / An employee works inside the Mann+Hummel auto supplier plant in Dunlap, Tennessee.

This story was updated Monday, August 3, 2020, at 5:50 p.m. with more information.

Automotive supplier Mann+Hummel plans to fill 100 production operator and material handler jobs for its Dunlap, Tennessee, manufacturing plant as the company sees an uptick in business.

The plant, which makes auto filtration products such as manifolds and air boxes, currently employs more than 300 people and produces parts for Ford, Nissan, General Motors, BMW, and other brands.

Hourly pay begins at $11 and includes a 30-cent shift differential if assigned to 2nd or 3rd shift. An additional $3 per hour in "COVID-19 pay" is added to base wage temporarily, according to the company.

"With the challenges surrounding the local job environment the past few months, we are excited to be hiring at our facility and eager to bring new talent from the surrounding Chattanooga areas," said Laura Clark, a human resources official. "We have multiple opportunities available for individuals who are looking for a long-term career with a reputable automotive supplier."

ABOUT MANN+HUMMEL

* Founded: Ludwigsburg, Germany in 1941

* Products: Manifolds, filtration systems

* U.S. headquarters: Portage, Mich.

* Employees: 20,000 worldwide

Source: Company

Clark said the plant furloughed employees on March 30 during the coronavirus outbreak and then recalled them June 1. Since then, business has come back strong, she said.

"Then it was just pedal to the metal," Clark said. "Sales increased by a lot."

She said that the company has acquired new business that will generate more positions for most of the 100 jobs. The remainder will fill existing open slots, Clark said.

The company is seeking candidates with a high school diploma or GED and two years of manufacturing experience. Full-time positions are available with benefits such as paid time-off, 401(k), and quarterly bonuses starting on the day of hire, the company said.

Mann+Hummel is hosting a hiring event on Aug. 12-13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with on the spot interviewing and hiring. The event will be held at the plant at 260 Resource Road in Dunlap.

According to the company, Mann+Hammel decided to open a factory in the South coming out of the Great Recession to be located closer to many of its customers as more automakers opened assembly plants in the region.

Officials at the company said that Alabama was strong in its pursuit, but Tennessee stepped up as the company made its decision to open its factory in Dunlap.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikePareTFP.

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