German auto parts manufacturer to build plant in Auburn

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A German auto parts maker is building its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Alabama and production is expected to begin next year, Alabama Department of Commerce officials said Friday.

Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH is planning to build its plant in Auburn, and the facility will produce engine components including balance shafts and gear wheels for Mercedes-Benz and other German automakers, officials said.

“Schmidt’s decision to open a manufacturing facility in Alabama is great news because it will result in the creation of 50 well-paying jobs and $17 million in new investment in Auburn,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement.

“We are extremely grateful for the support that the project has received from the Governor and his administration. Schmidt is a perfect fit for our diversified, high-tech industrial sector and we’re excited to welcome them to Auburn,” Mayor Bill Ham Jr. said.

The company is looking for motivated and skilled employees who will be invited for extensive training in Germany this fall, the company’s President, Herbert Schmidt said.

Interested applicants should contact with workforce development section of the City of Auburn’s Department of Economic Development, he said.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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