A German-based auto parts manufacturer is investing $29 million dollars in Russell County – meaning more than 150 jobs are coming to the Russell Springs area. Representatives for Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems took part in a special welcoming ceremony in Russell Springs.
The event was attended by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.
Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson says the company will be moving into the Hitachi Cable plant that closed down in 2007.
“That plant is pretty much work-ready,” said Robertson. They are having to do a few renovations to some flooring, but [the plant] was already available.”
Robertson says the new operation will provide jobs for those already in Russell County and bring in new residents.
“There’s going to be, I’m sure, a lot of local people hired, and of course I’m sure they’ll bring in some of their own people,” said Robertson. “They’ve got a plant over in Michigan right now, so this is their second plant in the United States.”
A member of the Dr. Schneider board of directors says Russell Springs was chosen from among 70 different locations that were considered. The company makes plastic auto parts for GM, Ford, Mercedes, B-M-W and Volkswagen.