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Toyo Automotive upgrade planned at Kentucky site

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FRANKFORT, Ky.—Toyo Automotive Parts (USA) Inc., a manufacturer of anti-vibration auto parts, will invest $6 million and create up to 10 new jobs in an upgrade of its facility in Franklin, Ky.

The upgrade will include adding rubber mixing to the plant, Plant Manager Ron Wyans said in a news release from the state of Kentucky.

“This expansion of our processes and improvements in others will certainly improve our competitive position and will lead to new business for us here in Franklin,” he said. “That opportunity will help us secure our future for many years to come.”

Toyo Automotive plans to purchase new rubber mixing equipment, which will allow the company to handle some processes it currently outsources, according to a statement from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office. Other planned investments will expand the 165,000-sq.-ft. facility in the Sanders Interstate Industrial Park in Franklin.

Toyo Automotive started in Japan in 1945 and has produced anti-vibration auto parts in Kentucky since 2002. The company is a primary provider for car makers such as Toyota and Nissan. Toyo Automotive also exports parts globally.

Toyo will receive tax incentives of up to $150,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program, approved by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

Correction

In the June 2 issue of Rubber & Plastics News, an article about Rep Corp.'s recent expansion misspelled the city of Lyon, France, where the parent company is headquartered.