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Auto supplier manufacturer looking at Norwalk for possible plant

Melissa Topey • Jun 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM



A German-based auto supplier is strongly considering Norwalk for a manufacturing facility.

Borgers USA Corp. is considering the city as a location for a new factory that would bring about 230 jobs to the area over the next five years, said Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan.

“Things are looking very positive,” Duncan said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our community. We are delighted to be in talks with such a quality company.”

Borgers USA, Norwalk and Ohio officials are in talks about a job creation tax abatement.

Duncan would not discuss specifics of the abatement.

In exchange, the manufacturer agrees to invest $60 million over two phases to build a 160,000 square foot plant in the Firelands Industrial Park and create 230 jobs over five years.

The factory would manufacture fibrous material for the automotive industry, Duncan said.

The multi-generational family owned company operates 22 plants, including a factory in Alabama, said Ellen Heinz, Executive Director of Norwalk Economic Development Corporation.

They looked at close to 70 sites in four states before trimming it down to two possible locations; in Norwalk or an undisclosed location in Indiana.

“We are very thankful and feel so fortunate that Borgers are looking at Norwalk for its second location,” Heinz said.

The city was devastated last year when Janesville Acoustics shuttered its doors without advanced notice last August, leaving 296 workers jobless.

But it is that ready-to-go skilled workforce that makes Norwalk attractive to manufacturers, as well as the city's proximity to some of the big three auto manufactures.

City officials could know within a week or two Borgers decision, she said.

Groundbreaking would occur in July, a quick turnaround to meet the production needs of the auto industry, Heinz said.

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