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Allevard Sogefi plans to add 45 jobs this year

Apr. 04, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

PRICHARD -- Allevard Sogefi USA will be adding 45 jobs by the end of the year, due to increased demand for its automotive filters.

The plant in Prichard produces filters for Ford, Chrysler, Fiat, Mazda and TI Automotive.

"Our new contract with Chrysler Corporation to produce oil filter housings for all of its 6-cylinder engines has lead to the expansion," General Manager Troy Thomas said in a press release.

Along with hiring workers, Sogefi plans to spend $5.5 million on facility and equipment upgrades.

It's a significant capital investment in Wayne County, said Marc Sprouse, president of the Huntington Area Development Council, which helped recruit Sogefi to West Virginia eight years ago, with the help of the Wayne County Commission and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority.

"It is an example of 21st Century manufacturing at its best," Sprouse said. "We commend Sogefi for its continued commitment to West Virginia and for the jobs this expansion will bring."

Sogefi employees 7,200 people worldwide, working in 19 countries. The company operates 44 manufacturing plants worldwide with annual sales revenue of approximately $1.4 billion, the release said.

"Sogefi has been a vital element in Wayne County's growing economic base," Don Perdue, executive director of the Wayne County Economic Development Council, said in the release. "To see their success now re-establishing itself is enormously gratifying and proves that persistence and a sound business plan can yield positive results no matter the challenges in the global market."

Wayne County Commissioner Charles Sammons said he's glad to hear the news about new employment opportunities and is happy for the company.

It's been a good neighbor that has "improved the quality of life here through their support of the school system and the community," Sammons said.

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