Chinese auto parts supplier Minth Group Ltd. is investing $87 million in an additional facility on the company's property in Lewisburg, Tenn., and creating 254 jobs over the next five years.
The project includes the construction of a 236,000-square-foot plant, which will be used for the production of injection molded, painted and chrome-plated plastic parts for automaker customers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co.
The facility is expected to be completed by 2021.
Minth Group, based in Ningbo, China, established a manufacturing footprint in Lewisburg in 2017 when the automotive supplier announced it was investing $13.2 million and creating about 200 jobs over the next five years as part of a strategy to expand its presence in the United States and support future growth.
As part of that investment, the company renovated an existing 125,000-square-foot facility in Lewisburg, according to a news release from then-Gov. Bill Haslam.
In the U.S., the company operates as Minth North America Ltd. It designs and manufactures structural body, trim and decorative parts for vehicles. This includes plastic windshield molding, sill plates and fender trim, among other components.
"We are thrilled to be expanding our operations in Lewisburg. This will allow us to better serve our customers and support local communities," Natalie Chin, Minth's regional manager, said in a statement. "We are grateful for the partnership we have with the state and local governments along with the [Tennessee Valley Authority] and various other entities. We look forward to working together to build prosperity in the area."
Globally, Minth Group employs more than 13,000 and has about 40 production plants in 29 different countries. The Tier 1 supplier serves many of the major automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG.