DUBLIN -- A German auto parts manufacturer announced Tuesday that it plans to build a $39 million plant in Dublin that will bring 178 new jobs.
The company, Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH & Co., will make brake pistons and metal stampings at the facility, its first U.S. location.
“Following an extensive multi-state search for the right U.S. business location for our company, we were delighted to find the right fit in Dublin, Georgia,” CEO Georg Erdrich said in a news release. “This very pro-business community met our requirements with respect to logistics to our customers, access for our suppliers, operating costs, workforce and quality of life.”
Erdrich makes complex metal parts and subassemblies for such automakers as BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.
The company will build a 130,000-square-foot plant in the I-16 Industrial Park at the corner of Interstate 16 and Ga. 257. Construction will begin in May or June, and the company has targeted March 2013 as a completion date, said Cal Wray, president of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority.
Dublin and Laurens County has been hit hard by job losses in recent years, including the loss of more than 1,000 textile jobs.
“I think this is the first of some good things to come,” Wray said. “We’re seeing our work of the last five years paying off.”
Gov. Nathan Deal said automotive industry suppliers find in Georgia the “logistics infrastructure, skilled workforce and overall business environment necessary for them to compete globally while meeting the needs of their customers.”
Erdrich is the second German company to open its North American operations in Dublin. MAGE Solar began operating a solar panel plant here last year.
“I am also encouraged to see yet another German company call Georgia home, indicating even further that our efforts to build and foster international relationships are yielding positive results,” Deal said in the news release.
CEO Erdrich said in the release that economic development leadership at the state and local level worked closely with the company “to make our decision based on confidence in the data, the business analysis and the leadership.”
Erdrich, a family-owned company, has been in the metal stamping business for more than 50 years. The company has two plants in Germany, one in the Czech Republic and another in China that supply parts to other automotive suppliers and automakers.
The Dublin plant is expected to be up and running by the end of next year.
“By the end of 2013, we will have capabilities to supply quality products ‘Made in the USA’ to our customers across the United States,” Walter Huber, who will direct Erdrich’s U.S. operation, said in the news release.
Erdrich will team with Quick Start, the state’s workforce training program, to train the company’s workers. As positions become available, job seekers can apply and get more information at the Department of Labor office in Dublin.