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PRICHARD, WV -

With the auto industry bouncing back from a downturn, Italy-based Sogefi Group will expand its operation in Wayne County, more than doubling its employment there.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited the plant in the A. Michael Perry Prichard Industrial Park on Nov. 12 to announce Sogefi will invest $20 million and add 250 jobs at the plant by early 2015. The announcement came about a month after Tomblin met with Sogefi Group CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi during a European investment mission last month.

Sogefi's plant in Wayne County opened in 2004. Its 160 workers manufacture fuel pumps, fuel filters and oil filters for automobile engines. Parts made at the plant are used by several manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai and Kia. The plant produces more than 5 million pumps and filters annually.

The expansion announced Nov. 12 will enable the plant to make intake manifolds for General Motors vehicles.

During the formal announcement at the plant of the expansion, Tomblin said Sogefi's decision was a vote of confidence in what the state is doing and in its work force.

"We're going to keep showing the world why they should do business in West Virginia," Tomblin said.

Keith Burdette, secretary of commerce for West Virginia, said the state Economic Development Authority  last month approved a $750,000 loan for the project. It was a small part of a $20 million decision, but it was important nevertheless, he said.

Sogefi is also receiving tax credits based on employment levels, and it will receive a grant for training new workers, Burdette said. Burdette said he did not have an exact number of what the incentives totaled. He said the aid was the norm for similar factory expansions in West Virginia.

 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Nov. 12 Italy's Sogefi Group will add at least 250 new jobs in a $20 million expansion of its auto parts plant in Prichard.

Tomblin recently met with Sogefi Group CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi during an investment mission trip to Europe.

"Sogefi's expansion underscores the competitive edge that's attracting more and more businesses to our state," Tomblin said in a news release. "I've said time and again, I will go anywhere to bring more good-paying jobs to West Virginia.

"When I met with Mr. Fiocchi last month in France, he praised West Virginia's hardworking people and his company's experience in the state."

Tomblin said the company's decision to grow its Wayne County operation "is a vote of confidence in all the things we've done to make West Virginia a great place to do business."

The plant opened in 2004 and manufactures parts for automobile engines, including fuel pumps, fuel filters and oil filters. The parts from the West Virginia plant are used by Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai and Kia.

Sogefi will add engine intake manifolds to the product line in Prichard, adding to the more than five million pumps and filters it already produces annually.

Modifications to the plant are scheduled to start in January 2014 and finish by May. Hiring for some of the skilled positions, such as engineers, quality staff, supervisors and maintenance technicians, will start in January as well. Prospective employees are encouraged to mail resumes to Allevard Sogefi USA Inc., 1389 Round Bottom Road, Prichard, WV 25555.