Deal With VW Leads to 300 New jobs for Auto Parts Supplier

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Auto parts supplier SL Tennessee LLC has announced a $35 million expansion project at its Clinton, Tenn., plant that will add 300 new jobs.

SL Tennessee builds automotive parts such as gear shifters, parking brakes and lighting products for General Motors, Hyundai, KMG and Volkswagen. The company, which is a subsidiary of SL America, currently operates a 164,000-s.f. facility; the expansion project will add another 100,000 s.f. to the space.

The expansion announcement follows Volkswagen Group’s decision to award SL Tennessee a contract to supply automatic shifter assemblies for Volkswagen’s new midsize sedan, which is slated to begin production in 2011 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The contract also calls for SL Tennessee to supply VW production in Puebla, Mexico. Both shifters will be manufactured in Tennessee.

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