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Auto supplier SMP expands U.S. footprint at new Tuscaloosa plant

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Samvardhana Motherson Peguform (SMP) today marked the official opening of a 700,000-square-foot Alabama auto parts plant with optimism that hiring could surpass initial projections.

Though SMP inaugurated the Tuscaloosa plant this afternoon, the facility already has a workforce of 320 people, months before actual production begins. The company said today that the factory could eventually employ more 1,000.

When SMP formally announced the Alabama plant in August 2015, the supplier said the $150 million facility would have 650 workers by the fourth year of operation.

The plant’s focus will be on the production of door panels, bumpers, claddings, roof spoilers and running boards for Mercedes Benz U.S. International, the automaker’s assembly plant just a few miles away.

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