Auto parts company to spend $25.5M on Gallatin facility expansion

ABC Group effort will result in 230 new jobs

Automotive parts manufacturer ABC Group said Thursday it will invest $25.5 million to expand its Gallatin facility, resulting in the expected creation of 230 new jobs during the next five years.

The 180,000-square-foot expansion is in response to increased demand for the Canada-based company’s products, according to a release.

Located at 400 ABC Blvd., ABC Group division ABC Technologies will more than double its current workforce of 196. The 230 new jobs will include 213 manufacturing positions and 17 support and management personnel positions.

The expansion is underway to increase production capacity of console, interior trim and load floors for the new GMC and Cadillac vehicles produced at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill. New equipment includes injection molding presses in the range of 100 tons to 2,300 tons and supporting assembly cells.

“ABC is not just investing in bricks and mortar in order to increase our global footprint,” Mary Anne Bueschkens (pictured), ABC Group president and general counsel, said in the release. “We believe the key to our continued competitive success is through advanced product development, continuous improvement in our facilities and the training and development of our employees.”

Today’s announcement follows two other manufacturing-related updates involving companies with Sumner County facilities.

Last week, American Colors Inc. announced it will invest $3.7 million to build a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing and research facility in the Gallatin Industrial Center to support growth at the company’s existing Lebanon location (read here).

Similarly, in May automotive electronics and lighting systems manufacturer Novità Technologie said it will  invest more than $3 million to relocate and expand its Hendersonville operations and hire about 30 workers (read here).