MORRISTOWN, Ind.—Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies will expand its automotive sealing facility in Morristown by 20,000 square feet in response to increased demand from the industry.
The expansion will create an estimated 75 new jobs and represents a $20 million investment during the next five years. The firm said in a June 11 news release that the move is still pending formal approval from all Indiana work force and incentive programs.
A groundbreaking date has not been finalized. The firm projects to begin construction within the next couple of months with the goal of occupying the new addition in early 2016.
The company employs 266 at Morristown, which produces 100 million components annually for both the general industry and automotive customers. Its core product lines include off-set seals, transmissions seals, fuel system seals, driveline seals and diaphragms made from rubber compounds.
Freudenberg-NOK's latest expansion comes on the heels of an $8.6 million investment at its Findlay, Ohio, facility—which just celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on June 19. The firm will add 43,000 square feet to the 50,000-sq.-ft. building and increase production by 25 percent. The Findlay facility produces about 185 million seals and related plastic components annually.
Recently the firm revealed that a new materials laboratory will be included in the Findlay expansion, accounting for 2,000 square feet.
“Like the Findlay expansion, this is an example of where our focus on lean systems, quality and technology is leading us to gain business and be very successful in the markets that we choose to serve,” Freudenberg-NOK President Theodore Duclos said. “As a company overall, we have a strategy to manufacture where our stuff is consumed. We're committed to manufacturing in the areas that we're in. Certainly these expansions show that we do what we say we're committed to.”
The expansion in Indiana is projected to increase production by 40 percent to 140 million pieces per year once fully operational—all focused on the facility's existing core product lines. The firm said Morristown produces 100 million components per year.