published Friday, March 21st, 2014

AL auto suppliers planning expansions

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A company official says the Johnson Controls plant in Cottondale will soon be the biggest revenue producer among the automotive parts supplier's plants in North America.

That's a big turnaround from a few years ago, when the plant was on the verge of being closed.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the Cottondale plant is one example of the resurgence of the auto industry, particularly in the Southeast.

On Thursday, Johnson Controls officials said the company's plant in the Cedar Cove Technology Park will undergo a $10.4 million expansion that's needed to handle increased business from both Mercedes-Benz and Honda.

Another Tuscaloosa County automotive parts manufacturer, Eberspaecher North America, also announced a $21.2 million investment and expansion at its plant in the Airport Industrial Park in Tuscaloosa.

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