According to a news release from Governor Bryant’s office, Germany-based automotive supplier hago Automotive is doubling its footprint in Iuka, to accommodate a new contract with BMW. The project represents a $4 million corporate investment in new equipment and will create 60 jobs over the next four years.
After the announcement, the Governor discussed what this expansion means for Mississippi.
“This expansion illustrates to industry leaders around the world that our outstanding workforce enables companies to compete successfully in today’s global marketplace, while positioning Mississippi as a leader in the Southern Automotive Corridor,” Governor Bryant said.
The project involves the construction of an additional 50,000 square feet at hago’s existing 50,000-square-foot facility. Two years ago, hago started operations in the former Dennen Steel facility at Yellow Creek Port, investing $10 million and creating 80 jobs.
“We are excited about the continued growth at our facility here in Iuka and are grateful for the warm welcome that has been extended to us,” said hago Automotive General Manager Alfred Geiger. “This new addition will allow us to accommodate the higher than expected demands of our main customer BMW in the U.S., China and South Africa, which we supply from right here in Iuka. It will pave the way for further growth with other automotive manufacturers in the U.S. and overseas.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure needs and construction. Tishomingo County is providing assistance for construction.
“Hago Automotive’s expansion creating 60 new career opportunities proves that Mississippi is the place where companies can not only achieve but exceed their goals for long-term success,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “Hago’s talented employees with the addition of 60 more Mississippians at its Iuka plant positions the company for continued growth in Tishomingo County.”
In Iuka, hago performs automated stamping with up to 400 tons of processing power, transfer stamping with up to 630 tons of pressing power, several laser and conventional welding applications, parts washing and cleaning, parts processing and the production of assemblies. The facility also houses a tool-making department and a test laboratory.
Construction will begin in the summer of 2018 and is expected to be complete by spring 2019.