Auto parts manufacturer to open new McMinn Co. facility, hire 20

Auto parts manufacturer to open new McMinn Co. facility, hire 200 employees

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ATHENS (WATE) - A Germany-based automotive parts manufacturer is opening a new facility in McMinn County and bringing 200 jobs with it.

HP Pelzer Automotive Systems, Inc. announced Monday plans to build a 185,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at the Mt. Verd Industrial Park in Athens.

Site preparation is going on now and the project is expected to be complete by Sept. 15 of this year. It's expected to cost $28 million.

The Athens location will supply interior products to multiple auto assembly plants, including several in the Southeast.

Knoxville-based companies Partners Development and Blaine Construction will be the developer and contractor for the project.

Partners will own the building and lease it to HP Pelzer.

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