AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Governor Bentley says welcoming new companies and growing jobs for the state is the best part of his job.
He was in Auburn on Wednesday for the grand opening of RAPA's first North American plant. The German automotive supplier says Auburn was a clear choice out of dozens of candidates.
RAPA studied 38 possible sites across six states for the family's first North American plan.
They said Auburn's work force, proximity to the Atlanta airport, Auburn University, quality of life and educational standards made Auburn the frontrunner.
"It's a sum of many things that in the end made Auburn the clear choice," said RAPA CEO Roman Pausch.
One hundred and five employees are already working the high automated assembly line to manufacture around 800,000 hydraulic parts each year for stop-start engine systems, designed to reduce fuel consumption.
RAPA's CEO is already talking about adding more products and jobs at the $18 million, 70,000 square foot facility.
When all three product lines ramp up, he expects to employ about 200 workers.