Tenneco will almost double its Kettering workforce and add 300 jobs as part of a $ 61.5 million investment that significantly expands the facility.
Tenneco has been holding talks with Tenneco for more than two and a half years Montgomery County wants to expand its Kettering power plant, says Mitchell Heaton, JobsOhio project manager.
The Tenneco representatives confirmed the move on Friday and said the investment in their Kettering plant was part of an initiative to reorient their manufacturing operating footprint and respond to changing market conditions and capacity requirements.
Kettering City Economic Development Manager Gregg Gorsuch said the new jobs would be accompanied by a high salary.
These 300 positions have a salary of about $ 20 an hour, "said Gorsuch good day in Kettering town. "
Kettering's win will come at the expense of two plants in Hartwell, Georgia, and Owen Sound, Ontario, which Tenneco says will close in the second quarter of 2020. Last month, the company closed also a plant in Nebraska, which lost 500 jobs.
"We know what impact this measure will have on our employees, and work with local communities to provide transitional support to all affected employees, including opportunities to Switching to other Tenneco locations, "said Brian Kesseler, co-CEO of Tenneco.
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The Tenneco Automotive Operating Company's investment in Kettering involves the addition of a machine structure to support overhead cranes and other equipment that has already taken place. Other investments worth more than $ 20 million include the purchase of new equipment and the modernization of the facility, Heaton said.
This investment will bring at least 300 executive, engineering and back office employee jobs, said Heaton, adding the company's 400-plus current Kettering employee. Some workers will relocate to Ohio after their plants are shut down, but much of the workforce will be hired.
"This species depends on the market, they could get bigger," said Heaton. "It's really impressive."
The deal to get the jobs to Kettering involved collaboration between city officials, Montgomery County, the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio, Gorsuch said.
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"It was a team effort to get together with Tenneco to get these jobs here," said Gorsuch.
Although Heaton was unable to give any exact figures as the deals are ongoing, the company is expected to receive incentives from the state, JobsOhio, the town of Kettering and the county of Montgomery, as well as other aid, including assistance in finding and developing more valuable workers. The project depends on the approval of state and local incentives.
One of the incentives is the US $ 500,000 EDGE grant from Montgomery County announced in 201
"Montgomery County was already in front of him to know his role, but all the other details took a while to get together," Heaton said.
The Miami Valley is a powerhouse for manufacturing. In Ohio, there were more jobs in the sector last month than in any other, forcing the state to reclaim employment.
"We are proud of the thriving manufacturing industry in Kettering," said Don Patterson, mayor of Kettering. "We are providing significant resources to secure new, well-paid jobs for our community, and again, our ideal location, world-class amenities and coveted workforce at Tenneco will translate into a significant business expansion."
Tenneco is in The Old Delphi Building, of which Heaton said it closed on a Friday in 2008, and Tenneco went into operation the following Monday.
"Kettering has not experienced a dramatic downturn, as do some other facilities in city corporate citizens," he said.
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The 2555 Woodman Drive factory manufactures shock absorbers and struts primarily for General Motors passenger cars. The plant also supplies sister Tenneco plants in North America and a North American plant of a foreign carmaker. Tenneco employs more than 31,000 people worldwide.
"Tenneco's investment shows that production in Montgomery County and the Dayton region continues to be strong," said Montgomery County Commission President Deborah Lieberman.
She praised the local coalition, which worked for the landing expansion.
"We were able to respond quickly to the needs of the business, reduce costs and provide a location that gives customers optimal access," she said.