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ABC Group Inc. Invests $25.5 Million To Expand Sumner County, Tennessee, Manufacturing Hub

Area Development Online News Desk (07/10/2014)
An automotive systems manufacturer, ABC Group Inc. will add an additional 180,000 square feet to its existing Gallatin facility in response to increased demand for automotive related products. ABC Group will invest $25.5 million in land, infrastructure and equipment and create 230 new jobs over the next five years in Sumner County, Tennessee.

The expansion is currently underway to increase production capacity of console, interior trim and load floors for the new GMC and Cadillac vehicles produced at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill. New equipment includes injection molding presses in the range of 100 tons to 2,300 tons and supporting assembly cells.

ABC Group is a world leader in vertically integrated plastic processing, supporting a global organization. Its core business as an Automotive Tier 1 supplier is in the design, development and production of plastic automotive systems and components for original equipment manufacturers. Located at 400 ABC Blvd., ABC Group’s division, ABC Technologies, will more than double its current workforce of 196 by adding 230 new jobs consisting of 213 manufacturing positions and 17 support and management personnel.

“ABC is not just investing in bricks and mortar in order to increase our global footprint, we believe the key to our continued competitive success is through advanced product development, continuous improvement in our facilities and the training and development of our employees,” ABC Group President and General Counsel Mary Anne Bueschkens said. “It is those employees and their dedication and hard work that have directly contributed to ABC Group’s steady growth and sustained success.”

“We are thankful for ABC Group’s decision to expand its operations in Gallatin and for the more than 200 jobs the company is creating in Sumner County,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Existing industry expansions, along with Tennessee’s strong automotive manufacturing base, help support our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee has ranked No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength, and this announcement by ABC Group underscores the continued manufacturing momentum in our state,” Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Incumbent Tennessee industries are an integral part of the communities they call home, and I appreciate ABC Group for reaffirming its commitment to the citizens of Sumner County.”

“I am very pleased that ABC Group chose to expand their facility in Gallatin. I know they had several options,” Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves said. “Existing business is the backbone of our community and as they expand, the city benefits from their growth. I appreciate the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in making this expansion possible.”

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