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2A S.p.A. Expands Auburn, Alabama Foundry

2A S.p.A., an Italy-based die-casting company, plans to invest $15 million to expand its foundry in Auburn, Alabama. The facility serves as a Tier 1 supplier to major producers of automobiles and heavy trucks.

The expansion project at 2A USA will create more than 50 jobs and double the Auburn facility’s current die-casting area.

2A’s parent company, headquartered in Santena, near Turin, is Italy’s biggest privately owned high-pressure die-casting industrial company. It specializes in the die casting of large, complex aluminum components that are coated, machined, assembled and painted to meet customer requests.

In Europe, 2A produces parts for major automotive and truck manufacturers including Porsche, AlfaRomeo, Maserati and Volvo Trucks.

“My father Carlo founded 2A with a clear vision of a technology and customer-driven die-casting company,” said Vincenzo Ilotte, President of the family owned company. “We are very proud of our location in Auburn and plan to further grow our operation to serve our customers in the U.S.

“Without the great support from the State of Alabama and the City of Auburn, this would not have been possible,” he said.

“2A has earned a reputation for technical innovation, and its decision to expand its Alabama manufacturing operation is a testament to its skilled workforce in Auburn,” Governor Kay Ivey said.“We’re thrilled that this first-class company is including Alabama in its growth plans.”

As part of the expansion, 2A will install new equipment capable of exerting pressures on dies of between 1,000 and 2,700 tons, as well as 4,500 tons, representing the largest standard high-pressure die-casting machines on the market. The first of these machines is scheduled to be operational in March 2020.

The company’s Auburn foundry serves original equipment manufacturers including FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Freightliner Trucks and engine maker Detroit Diesel Corp., with new customers expected to come on board.

“Alabama’s auto supply chain continues to grow in scope and sophistication as companies such as 2A expand their operations in the state,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “2A’s new investment not only positions its Auburn plant for job creation but also solidifies the company’s presence in the state.”

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