Business Briefs

Auto parts firm to expand in Scotland, Henderson counties

Posted June 11, 2008 4:11 p.m. EDT

— An automotive parts manufacturer plans to expand its operations in Scotland and Henderson counties, creating 67 jobs, officials said Wednesday.

ArvinMeritor Inc., which makes drive-train, braking, suspension and chassis systems and wheel and ride-control products, will invest $33.7 million in its Laurinburg and Fletcher plants over the next three years, officials said.

The company plans to add 54 new jobs in Scotland County and 13 in Henderson County. Average annual wages will be $31,484, not including benefits, which is above the average wage in both counties.

State officials provided the company with a $167,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, an economic development recruitment fund.

“North Carolina is developing a strong base in the automotive industry which provides future growth opportunity for the state’s economy,” Gov. Mike Easley said in a statement.

Headquartered in Michigan, ArvinMeritor has 19,000 employees in 24 nations, including 931 at four heavy-vehicle manufacturing facilities in North Carolina.