AUBURN, ALA. (Nov. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET) — Israel's Arkal Plastic Products is extending its global manufacturing footprint with the first U.S. plant for its Arkal Automotive unit.
Arkal Automotive USA Inc. will go into a 32,000-square-foot building now under construction in Auburn, Ala., the company and local economic development officials said in a Nov. 29 news release.
Arkal Automotive has a molding facility in London, Ontario, supplying functional long-glass reinforced plastic parts to automakers in the Detroit and Ontario manufacturing region. It also has a sales office in Farmington Hills, Mich. The Auburn plant will focus on car manufacturers in and near Alabama.
Arkal, based in Kibbutz Bet Zera, is investing $7.2 million at the new site. It expects to hire 25 people when it launches production.
Arkal Automotive makes a variety of structural and functional parts, including battery trays, brackets and front end supports. It also has manufacturing in Israel, Spain, Poland, France and China.