Auto parts maker to expand in Durham, hire 360 workers

Posted April 22, 2010 10:55 a.m. EDT
Updated April 22, 2010 12:35 p.m. EDT

— Auto parts manufacturer AW North Carolina is going to upgrade its manufacturing facility and add more than 360 jobs at its huge campus in the Treyburn Corporate Park.

The company plans to make the new hires over the next two years.

According to the company, AW plans to have the new line open and manufacturing front wheel drive transmissions for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America by the fall of 2011.

Just 13 months ago, the company, which is part of a Japanese corporation, offered voluntary buyouts to all its 1,100 employees as the recession ate away at demand for new motor vehicles.

AW North Carolina focuses on automatic transmissions and transmission components. The company has maintained presence in Durham since 1998.

Currently, AW operates an 830,000-square-foot plant that opened in 2000.

AW still employs some 900 people in a mix of full-time and temporary positions at Treyburn.

“We are excited to install this new product line and add approximately 360 people to the 900 full time and temporary team members currently here beginning in early 2011,” said Will Collins, vice president of AW North Carolina, in a statement.