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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 08, 2017 5:00 pm

Columbia City-based GM supplier to expand, add 100 jobs


A third supplier to General Motors -- a company based in Columbia City -- has announced plans to expand and add jobs.

Advanced Assembly LLC will invest $7 million in production capacity and about 100 additional workers, according to a news release issued today by the Whitley County Economic Development Corp.

The company manufactures and assembles seating systems for Chevrolet's Silverado pickup trucks produced at GM's Fort Wayne assembly plant in Lafayette Township.

Last week, two other GM suppliers, Android Industries and its sister company, Avancez, announced expansions totaling $14.7 million in Allen County facilities.

Advanced is a joint venture between Comer Holdings LLC and Lear Corp., both based in Michigan.

The new investment will be in manufacturing and information technology equipment at the plant in Columbia City, including three new assembly lines to increase production capacity. A new shipping system and additional material storage systems also will be added, according to the release.

The new jobs will make Advanced Assembly the fourth-largest employer in Whitley County. The company employed 324 people as of February, according to a list compiled by the economic development corporation.

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