When NTN Driveshaft first announced its plans to open a plant in Columbus in 1987, it promised to employ at least 250 workers by 1991 by spending $97 million to build a new facility — a monumental investment at that time.
Now, 25 years later, the Japan-based automobile parts manufacturer’s Columbus plant has become its largest facility outside of its home country and has grown to employ roughly 1,700 workers.
About 25 of those employees have been with the company since it first opened its doors in 1991 in Columbus, and on Tuesday they came together with city officials and top NTN officials to celebrate their milestone work anniversary.
“It went fast,” said Jim Miracle, an NTN production manager who has been with the company for 25 years.
For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.