Valeo, a global automotive parts company, is expanding its engine cooling plant in Greensburg, bringing hundreds of jobs to the town. The plant will add four new production lines to make auto parts for Chrysler, Nissan, Ford and Honda.
The expansion is underway and will go into 2016. General Manager of Valeo Greensburg plant, Vincent Palisson says they are trying to do two different things from the project.
“One, is to integrate new technologies to take over new programs to replace current programs that the parts that we are making for auto makers, Pallison said. “The other portion is an integration of new products like frontal module activity for Honda for instance.”
Marc Coplon, Executive Director of the Greensburg-Decatur County Economic Development Corporation, says the plant will add 257 more jobs over the course of the expansion.
“That’s very exciting news,” Coplon said. “Also, in the longer term, they are telling us by the end of 2019 with the smaller expansion that they had last year and this large expansion that they have this year, they should be around a 1,000 employees which was the highest level of the employment that they had in several years before the great recession.”
The Valeo plant in Greensburg currently employs 673 people. They plan to invest around $27 million into the expansion.