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Wayne County Auto Parts Plant Adding 250 Jobs

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 12, 2013 11:31 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 10:19 AM EST

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Prichard , Wayne County , West Virginia

Italy’s Sogefi Group will add at least 250 new jobs in an expansion of its auto parts plant in Prichard, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced.

The agreement unveiled Tuesday was struck last month in France, where Tomblin met with Sogefi Group CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi during his European investment mission, according to a news release from the governor’s office. The company considered several other sites for this expansion before ultimately deciding on their Wayne County facility.

“West Virginia offers tremendous value for businesses who need a top-notch workforce and a winning business climate,” Tomblin said. “Sogefi’s expansion underscores the competitive edge that’s attracting more and more businesses to our state.

“I’ve said time and again, I will go anywhere to bring more good-paying jobs to West Virginia,” he said. “When I met with Mr. Fiocchi last month in France, he praised West Virginia’s hardworking people and his company’s experience in the state. Sogefi’s decision to grow its Wayne County operation is a vote of confidence in all the things we’ve done to make West Virginia a great place to do business.”

Billy Zeek from Kermit, WV immediately applied for a position. He's been out of work for a while and says, "It would be a saving grace for me because I have a little girl and I'm trying to give her everything I didn't have whenever I was growing up."

Sogefi’s Wayne County plant, which opened in 2004, manufactures parts for automobile engines, including fuel pumps, fuel filters, and oil filters. Parts from the company’s West Virginia plant are used by global automotive giants including Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, and Kia. The plant produces more than 5 million pumps and filters every year.

Frank Workman has worked at the plant since it first opened in 2004. "This is a great company and we're like a big family. I work with a lot of great people and for a lot of great people. The company seems to be expanding all the time. There seems to always be better opportunites and keeping up with technology is the main thing."

With the $20 million expansion announced Tuesday, Sogefi will add engine intake manifolds to its Prichard product line. An intake manifold delivers the combustion air that powers an automobile engine. The Prichard plant will manufacture intake manifolds for General Motors, adding yet another major auto producer to the plant’s customer list. The plant will continue manufacturing integrated fluid filtration products.

For more information on how to apply for one of the available jobs, call 304-781-7700.



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