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Germany-Based HEYCO-Werk USA Plans Gaston County, North Carolina, Production Operations

Germany-based HEYCO-Werk USA Inc., a plastics injection molder for the automotive industry, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Gaston County, North Carolina. The $12.75 million project is expected to create 34 jobs.

The new 10-acre site at the Apple Creek Corporate Center will feature a 65,000-square-foot production facility and show room for high-end injection molding.

“We are thrilled to expand our manufacturing footprint to North Carolina and join the close network of German-based manufacturers in the region. The new plant will play an important strategic role within the HEYCO Group and to our customers,” said Daniel Dittmar, CEO & President of HEYCO-Werk USA. “With this latest investment we set an important milestone for the future of HEYCO, ensuring both strategic growth as a Tier 1 automotive supplier, and the long-term success of our company and our employees. HEYCO benefits from the central location that provides access to major hubs to our specialized supply chains and strong customer base. We are excited to invest in new technologies and to create high-quality manufacturing jobs in Gaston County.”

As an incentive, a performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help HEYCO establish its new production site. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

In addition, the company will receive significant financial support from the North Carolina Community College System, Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions, and Gaston County.

“With the largest manufacturing workforce in the southeastern United States, our state is the clear choice for companies like HEYCO,” noted N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “North Carolina is home to more than 250 automotive manufacturing companies that benefit from our continued commitment to developing the talent they need for immediate hiring and future growth.”

In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), other key partners in this project include N.C. Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions, the North Carolina Community College System, Gaston College, Gaston County, the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, Rutherford Electric, Dominion Energy, and the City of Gastonia.

The HEYCO Group manufactures precision plastic molded parts for the automotive industry as well as various industrial markets. The company has eight sites worldwide.

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