Chain drive maker to add 70 jobs in Portland

Addition of auto parts line brings with it production, engineering positions

Car parts manufacturer U.S. Tsubaki Automotive plans to invest $1.9 million in its Portland facility to add a new product line, a move that will come with 70 jobs.

Tsubaki Automotive makes chain drive systems for engine and transmission applications and also provides design support as well as component and engine testing and analysis. Its customer base includes General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Honda.

The 70 jobs being added in the coming months will be a mixture of production and engineering positions. The new production line will take up 60,000 square feet, leaving 30,000 square feet for the conveyor belt operations already in Gallatin.

“Tsubaki prides itself in innovation, employee dedication and being committed to the community,” said Tim Goble, Portland plant manager. “We look forward to growing our partnership with the community and creating lasting opportunities.”

Tsubaki officials will hold a job fair Feb. 11 at the Sumner County Career Center in Gallatin.