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Grammer AG has announced that it is moving its North American headquarters from Hudson to northeast Mississippi.
By establishing the new site, Grammer AG will further increase its local presence in North America. With this new location Grammer can also optimize its internal value chain in the NAFTA region and can guarantee its customers a maximum of logistical flexibility,” the company said in the news release.
The statement seems to indicate that Hudson facility may remain open, while it will no longer serve as headquarters for Grammer AG's United States subsidiary, Grammer Inc.
“Together with its two large manufacturing facilities in Mexico, the automotive sales and engineering center in Troy, Michigan, the seating location in the north of the Unites States, the new location in Mississippi will excellently position Grammer in North America and support the company’s successful growth strategy in that market,” the news release says.
David Rumbarger, the president of a Lee County, Miss., economic development agency, was reported to have said that the presence of four auto-manufacturing plants within a few hours’ drive from Tupelo influenced Grammer’s decision to locate there.
Toyota’s Blue Springs plant is about a half-hour away, northwest of Tupelo.
Grammer also makes parts for Mercedes Benz in Alabama, Volkswagen in Tennessee and BMW in South Carolina.
The Mississippi plant will make seats for agricultural-industry vehicles and long-haul trucks, plus interior components for cars, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is quoted as saying his state’s automotive industry has seen amazing growth in recent years.
“Grammer’s announcement further positions Mississippi as a key player in the Southern automotive corridor,” Bryant is reported to have said.
The company, based in Amberg, Germany, will invest $30 million over five years, with plans to open the first phase by the end of 2014. The company would hire 350 workers in the first phase and 300 in the second phase, paying an average of $12.50 an hour, or about $25,000 a year.
Grammer will occupy an 80,000 square-foot building constructed by the Community Development Foundation to attract industry, with plans to expand by 40,000 square feet in a second phase.
Not counting some tax breaks, the state and local government would invest $22.5 million in supporting the plant.
The Mississippi Development Authority will spend $10.8 million to build out the plant, ship equipment to the site, train workers and help build the second phase. It also will loan $2.7 million to Lee County to buy the building and make other improvements. Grammer will lease the building from the county.
The state has pledged $6.2 million to support the second phase, while Lee County has pledged $2.8 million to prepare the site for the second phase.
Just image what the left would do if Walker offered them what they are getting from Mississippi and did you see the average pay!?!
As Paul Harvey would say, “And now you know the rest of the story!”