Sequa Automotive Group is investing more than $7.2 million to expand its Butler County manufacturing facility and expects to add 280 new jobs by 2014.
Sequa operates ARC Automotive Inc. and CASCO Products, suppliers to the global automotive industry.
“We reviewed options for ARC Automotive production to meet increasing demand,” said Sequa President Ali El-Haj. “We explored several options, including adding the jobs to an existing facility in Mexico, and came to the conclusion that Morgantown was our best option.”
El-Haj cited proximity to customers, a ready labor pool, and tax incentives and employee training incentives that will be provided by the state of Kentucky.
Construction for the new manufacturing lines, which will produce airbag safety system inflators, will begin this month, with operations expected to commence later this year. El-Haj said the existing CASCO Products facility, which has approximately 70 employees, will expand to accommodate ARC Automotive inflator lines and the new additional employees.
ARC Automotive is a supplier to the world’s developers of passive safety restraint systems and also works directly with automotive original equipment manufacturers on safety restraint system design. In the early 1970s, ARC Automotive pioneered the hybrid inflators used in today’s vehicle airbag systems.
More recently the company developed the “green” hybrid airbag inflator, which utilizes a smokeless gas generant to charge the airbag when deployed. CASCO Products offers an extensive line of automotive system sensors and USB multimedia accessories. Both companies serve automotive manufacturers worldwide.
In addition to its Morgantown location, Connecticut-based Sequa has facilities and sales offices in Knoxville, Tenn.; Germany; Italy; China; Brazil; Tunisia; Canada; South Korea; Japan and Mexico.