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NGK Ceramics Invests $93 Million To Expand Mooresville, North Carolina, Production Plant

08/08/2012
A manufacturer of ceramic components for automobile engines, NGK Ceramics USA, will invest $93 million to expand its production center in Iredell County, creating more than 86 jobs in the Mooresville, North Carolina region.

"The project was made possible in part by a $160,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund," said Gov. Bev Perdue. "Our investments in infrastructure, a strong workforce and our low cost of doing business have created a top-notch business climate where manufacturers can thrive." The North Carolina Fund grant also includes a local match.

NGK Automotive Ceramics USA, a subsidiary of Japan-based NGK Insulators, supplies automobile and heavy duty diesel manufacturers with high-performance precision ceramic components for diesel and gasoline engine emission control systems. The company currently employs more than 540 people at its facility in Mooresville, a town of about 33,000 north of Charlotte.

"We would like to thank the State and Local governments for their support which helped secure this investment for our Mooresville plant," said Tomokazu "Tony" Asai, president of NGK Automotive Ceramics USA. "NGK continues to find Mooresville as a desirable location with an excellent workforce, a good transportation infrastructure and outstanding support from the community and local businesses.".

"It's great to see NGK expand in Iredell County," said Rep. Mitchell Setzer of Catawba. "Clearly our skilled workforce and superior business climate have helped them thrive and succeed."
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