New automotive headquarters coming to Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A German automotive supplier will call Auburn home for its U.S. headquarters and production facility.

The move is creating more than one hundred new jobs while injecting a $15 million economic investment into the local economy.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley welcomed RAPA Automotive to Auburn by passing along the Great Seal of Alabama to the automotive supplier's president.

"We are so excited to have RAPA come to us from Germany," said Gov. Bentley. "There are a lot of German companies in Auburn and we have probably made more visits like this to Auburn, Opelika area than any other in the state."

RAPA produces high-precision automobile parts: including solenoid valves and hydraulic systems that reduce fuel consumption.

Founded in the 1920's the family owned German company is known for supplying some of the biggest names in the auto industry as well as partnering with them to research and develop specific parts and systems.

"Certainly Audi, Land Rover, BWM, Chrysler, Daimler, VW, Jaguar, Continental and many other companies that are not in the auto business," said Auburn Mayor Bill Ham.

Tuesday's announcement equals one hundred and five new jobs for Auburn, an 18-million dollar capital investment and another win for Alabama in a challenging, global economy where creating new job opportunities can be difficult.

"We work on packages and incentive packages so that companies can come, we are a very business friendly state, and I have to say we have the best workers of any state in the country and I am proud of that," Gov. Bentley said.

Construction has already begun on RAPA's automotive supply facility in Auburn Tech Park West, and production is expected to ramp up in fall of 2013.

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