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Firm to bring 50 jobs to Sumner
By Kitty Kulakowski
A Japanese auto parts company announced yesterday its plans to open a Gallatin facility that will employ 50 people.
Next month PK USA will begin building a $3.5 million plant on 10 acres in the Gallatin Industrial Center on Airport Road. Construction is expected to be complete by December 2003.
The new Tennessee plant will be about 62,000 square feet and workers there will produce and distribute automobile metal assemblies.
Plans are to initially hire 50 employees, the great majority of which will come from this area. Hiring is scheduled to begin after the first of next year.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to expand into Tennessee and provide additional support to our primary customer, Nissan North America,” says Hiroshige Kaludo, president of PK USA.
Tommy Burns, executive director of Gallatin’s Economic Development Agency, said local elected officials worked together to bring the plant to Gallatin.
“It’s been a continued effort of negotiations which started in October of 2002,” Burns said. “The joint effort of elected officials coming together to benefit our community helped make this a reality.”
The city of Gallatin has approved up to $30,000 and the county has approved up to $25,000 for site improvements for the new company. The amount the state will be contributing is not known at this time.
“We appreciate the funding the mayor and city council, the county executive and county commission and the state of Tennessee provided for this project,” Burns said.
The economic development agency was instrumental in attracting PK to Gallatin, Mayor Don Wright said.
“Tommy Burns has been working with this company since October of last year. He and I have met with them on many occasions even going so far as to meet with them in Nashville as well as Gallatin. Tommy did an excellent job working with them and it has paid off,” Wright said.
The Gallatin facility will be PK’s sixth expansion and its third manufacturing plant since starting operations in the United States in 1989.
“We’re thankful and proud that PK had the confidence in Gallatin to locate here. We’re excited about the opportunity PK brings to Gallatin with a capital investment, job creation, and the international presence they bring,” Burns said.
PK USA is based in Shelbyville, Ind., and has annual sales of $100 million.
PK USA is a supplier of metal body parts, chassis parts and plastic injection molded parts for automotive companies throughout North America and Europe.
Parent companies of PK U.S.A., Inc., are Press Kogyo Co. Ltd, , one of Japan’s largest independent automotive parts manufacturers, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest trading companies.
Originally published Friday, May 23, 2003
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