JTEKT Automotive in Morristown expanding, adding 125 jobs

JTEKT Automotive in Morristown expanding, adding 125 jobs

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – A company that makes auto parts is adding 125 new jobs and making a $50 million investment in the Morristown area.

JTEKT Automotive Tennessee-Morristown, Inc. is expanding because its making a new engine part that will go into Nissan cars.

The Morristown Chamber of Commerce says since August 2011 expanding auto manufacturers have added more than 300 new jobs to the area because of the location and labor force.

These announcements coming on the heels of furniture manufacturer Berkline's closing in March 2011. They lost more than 500 jobs as a result and it had a ripple effect on housing and retail.

"We think housing will start moving forward this year," said John Stroud, President of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Staff at JTEKT Automotive say it's a nice shift from the previous slump in not just Morristown, but the auto industry as a whole.  "We're coming out of a stage where the auto industry has been in decline. We're seeing orders pick up. We're adding employment," said Joe Cronin with JTEKT.

The new jobs are going to be skilled worker positions that pay about $13 an hour. Ideally you'd have to be at least a high school graduate to apply.

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