Faurecia picks Fort Wayne for plant

Columbus-based Faurecia Clean Mobility announced plans to open a new production facility in Fort Wayne.

The company will invest $4 million to begin operations in a 137,500-square-foot facility that will provide more than 100 new jobs in the Fort Wayne area, the company announced Thursday. The company said it will begin hiring for a variety of engineering and production positions in the fall.

The decision to locate in Fort Wayne was made as an expansion strategy for customer proximity, spokeswoman Dawn Swindle said. It offers the opportunity to serve customers from a different location than Columbus, she said.

Faurecia employs about 1,800 people at three locations in Columbus, the company’s North American headquarters.

The company unveiled its newest plant in October on the former Walesboro Airport site off County Road 450S, a partnership with Columbus-based Cummins, Inc.

Faurecia supplies emissions-control systems and parts for Cummins, among some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers that form its customer base. It has business groups in seating, interiors and Clean Mobility, which offers emissions control equipment as well as acoustic treatment, weight reduction and exhaust heat recovery for light and commercial vehicles.