Published on : Nov 05, 2015
Howa Textile Industry Co., a Japan-based supplier of auto interior components, plans to open another textile plant in North America, which will its four unit in the region. By this, the firm aims at supplying auto components to local auto assembly. The company announced that it plans to invest US$13.1 mn in building a new unit for auto interior components production in Midway, KY.
Mr. Gary McPeak, the plant manager at American Howa Kentucky Inc. stated that the plant will start commercial production in July, 2017. He further added that the installation of thermoforming and component-cutting equipment and robotics will take place in the meanwhile. The fabric will be attached to a polyurethane foam substrate during this process. The facility is said to have a space of 100,000 ft2 with a reinforced concrete floor and a 32 ft. ceiling.
Hirosato Nanami, the president at American Howa Kentucky, stated in a news release that they selected Midway owing to incentives and the commitment from state and local officials. The workforce for this operation will comprise around 54 employees on a full-time basis.
A tax incentive of US$900,000 has been approved by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s KEDFA to support this project. The company also qualifies for a tax incentive for US$300,000 through KEIA for the costs of electronic equipment and construction.
At present American Howa has a workforce of 179 employees. The Bowling Green unit of the firm has been on expansion since it initiation in 2007. Delaware in Ohio and Alliston in Ontario are the other North American operations of Howa.