GESTAMP ANNOUNCEMENT 700 Jobs Coming To South Charleston
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Apr. 10, 2012 6:13 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT
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Announcing a deal which came together surprisingly fast, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin reveals an international automotive parts supplier will be calling South Charleston home.
Bringing Gestamp to West Virginia only took a few weeks. The 11 billion dollar company is sinking one hundred million dollars into the former South Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing plant. It will be the Gestamp' sixth auto parts facility in the U.S.
News: West Virginia competed with several other states to land the 700 jobs. Having a ready-to-go site covering thirty acres and containing a million square feet of space was a major advantage, but the governor says West Virginia's willingness to offer Gestamp incentives helped seal the deal.
Gestamp's clients include G-M, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz.
The company plans to move employees into the facility immediately and start taking applications. It is pointing toward August to start manufacturing auto parts.
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