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PK U.S.A Hosts Building Dedication Ceremony in Gallatin
Monday, May 10, 2004
Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber today joined Sumner County Executive R.J. “Hank” Thompson and City of Gallatin Mayor Don Wright to announce the official opening of PK U.S.A.’s new automotive parts manufacturing facility in Gallatin.
“We are pleased to welcome PK U.S.A. to Tennessee as a member of our growing family of automotive suppliers,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This is a significant investment for Gallatin and the State of Tennessee. Once again, this region’s convenient highway access and ready work force were important factors in bringing these highly skilled, good paying jobs to the community. I’m pleased that our strong collaborative efforts and our commitment to work with local partners on business growth are helping to create quality jobs throughout the state.”
The new 62,000 square-foot plant in Gallatin will focus on metal-stamping technology producing chassis parts, body panels, and suspension parts among others, for automotive companies. The company plans to create between 50-70 jobs.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to expand into Tennessee, provide additional support to our primary customer, Nissan North America and be a good corporate citizen in our new community,” said Hiroshige Kakudo, president and CEO, PK U.S.A., Inc.
ECD Commissioner Matthew Kisber said this announcement represents yet another achievement in the recruitment of high-quality jobs across the state under the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet approach.
“Tennessee is continuing to build upon its reputation as the Southern hub for a strong automotive industry,” Kisber said. “We are continuing to have success in recruiting companies, like PK U.S.A., not only because of all of the conveniences and advantages that the state offers to the industry, but also due to the clear spirit of cooperation that state and local governments and economic development entities continue to display.”
Sumner County Executive R.J. “Hank” Thompson said since PK U.S.A., Inc., began operations in December 1989, the company has expanded six times to meet customer demand.
“We’re very proud that this most recent expansion has brought the company to Sumner County,” Thompson said. “PK U.S.A. is known for its strong commitment to research and development, ultramodern production techniques, an exceptional sense of responsibility to its customers and team members, a work environment geared to both the individual and the team, and a commitment to quality. They have been great to work with and we all look forward to what the future will bring for PK U.S.A., Sumner County’s newest corporate neighbor.”
Mayor Don Wright of Gallatin added, “We appreciate the confidence PK U.S.A. has shown in our community by locating a state of the art manufacturing facility in Gallatin. The capital investment and jobs created by this location will be a great asset to our city.”
Located in Shelbyville, Ind., in the United States, PK U.S.A., Inc. occupies a new 317,978 square-foot facility built on a 66 acre site. The plant is the primary supplier of metal body parts, chassis parts and plastic injection parts for automotive companies in the United States as well as other parts of the world.
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