A company that manufactures and sells auto body frame components, heavy gauge precision stamped parts, dies and welding equipment, G-Tekt North American Corporation, will invest $28.6 million in the Columbus Region with the addition of a manufacturing and research and development facility in West Jefferson, Ohio, creating more than 100 new jobs.
Slated for completion in first quarter of next year, the new 173,000 square-foot, state of the art manufacturing facility will serve as the hub for a new hot stamping product that G-Tekt is not currently producing in the U.S. The new R&D facility will be used to develop, design and work collaboratively with G-Tekt's six other North American facilities to introduce and improve products destined for the U.S. market. The R&D facility will be located in Jerome Township, near Plain City in Union County.
G-Tekt said it chose the Columbus Region as the home for its new manufacturing and R&D facilities because of its; competitive workforce, central location and proximity to the auto industry and the state’s competitive business climate.
“The Columbus Region rose to the top of our location search because of its strategic proximity to automotive companies like Honda, and convenient access to a skilled workforce fit to staff our manufacturing and R&D operations,” said Toshitsugu Kikuchi, president, G-Tekt Corporation. “We look forward to expanding our North American presence in the Columbus Region.”
“We are honored that G-Tekt chose the Columbus Region, and West Jefferson, specifically, for the site of its new manufacturing facility,” said Darlene Steele, mayor, Village of West Jefferson. “The addition of skilled manufacturing jobs is a welcome boost to our local economy, and a win for the entire Columbus Region.”
“G-Tekt will join an established network of manufacturing companies that employ nearly 80,000 Ohioans and contribute $9.1 billion in economic output in the Columbus Region,” said John Minor, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer. “Having G-Tekt locate its newest operations here further strengthens Ohio’s robust manufacturing base.