Angell-Demmel North America Corp. has been awarded a $1 million community development block grant (CDBG) and $2.5 million in state tax incentives for the expansion of its automotive parts production facility in Lebanon, which is home to the company’s metal products division.
Angell-Demmel has recently been awarded a seven-year contract with Mercedes-Benz, U.S. International Inc. to produce decorative aluminum trim for the doors and instrument panels for Mercedes M-Class. The CDBG grant will allow for the purchase of an EPIC curtain coater and a wet buff machine necessary to begin production of the trim parts.
The project will create 52 new full-time jobs for the area, at least 27 of which will benefit low-to-moderate income persons. The Lebanon facility currently employs 102 workers and provides more than $8 million annually in gross wages for the local economy.
Angell-Demmel first located in Lebanon in 1965 and has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of decorative trim worldwide for the automotive, home appliance and consumer electronics industries. Products manufactured at the Lebanon facility include aluminum wheel covers, automotive interior trim products and aluminum appliance panels. According to the company, the new contract with Mercedes-Benz represents a breakthrough into a broader market for Angell-Demmel with other contracts to follow in future years.