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Chrysler supplier to expand in Sanford

Posted January 4, 2011

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— A company that produces fuel systems for Chrysler cars will expand its Sanford plant, adding about 65 jobs, officials said Tuesday.

Magneti Marelli Powertrain Systems USA plans to invest $15 million in the expansion to add three production lines and high-end machinery to its 250,000-square-foot plant in Sanford.

"This project could have gone to another domestic location, one of our other global plants or to a competitor," Director of Manufacturing Terry Russell said in a statement. "Sanford was able to demonstrate a competitive advantage over other facilities both inside and outside our company."

Magneti Marelli, part of an Italy-based firm that designs and produces high-tech engine and transmission component systems for the auto industry, opened its Sanford plant in 1976 and now employs about 290 there.

Russell said the new jobs will be in all areas of production – die-casting, machining, plastic molding and assembly – as well as support areas like maintenance, logistics and engineering.

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  • mjbarbercog Jan 4, 2011

    when will they begin hiring? this is good news

  • beachboater Jan 4, 2011

    It's nice to see some GOOD NEWS in the headlines.

  • flyNC Jan 4, 2011

    "Thanks to Cat and now Magnetti, we are gaining some back."

    Don't forget to thank Obama for restructuring and saving Chrysler, their suppliers, their dealerships...

  • Mugu Jan 4, 2011

    I thought Italians were banned from making any automotive parts for use in the USA? If not, they should.

  • Remy Jan 4, 2011

    Excellent!

  • arfamr1006 Jan 4, 2011

    WOOHOO!!! Sanford is in despirate need of jobs after the recession dished out a beating!! Thanks to Cat and now Magnetti, we are gaining some back.

  • sayitoutloud Jan 4, 2011

    Great News!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 4, 2011

    First gain in jobs I've heard out of Sanford in a long time. Unfortunately, 65 additional jobs will just skim the surface compared to what they have lost.