EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNGK EXPANSION
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Spark Plugs and Oxygen Sensors Powering Push For 34 New Jobs
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett'
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Dec. 19, 2012 6:08 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 6:16 PM EST
Sissonville , Kanawha County , West Virginia
This is one of the products powering the progress at NGK. New oxygen sensors and spark plug production lines are coming to the Kanawha County facility next year. That means 34 new jobs and 8,000 square feet of expansion.
"This expansion and also the new technology coming into the spark plug building really reflects the change in the requirements of our customers," Bob Pepper, NGK's Senior Vice President of Manufacturing said.
Since 2010, Pepper says his plant has grown by about 25 percent. He says its a testament to his workers and demand for the company's product. High tech spark plugs and oxygen sensors help increase fuel economy reduce emissions. That puts them high on the wish list of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
"Our primary customers are what used to be the Big Three and they came out of the recession real well," Pepper said.
NGK employees say the expansion news is a welcome signal the company is healthy and expecting to stay that way in the foreseeable future.
"I think it's a great thing," Adam Swim of Charleston said. "You can't beat it. It's been a great place to work since I've been here. Knowing that we're expanding proves that we're going to stick around."
"It makes me feel good about my company," Matt Taylor of Sissonville said. "It's really good for West Virginia. It's good for the area and we're pretty happy about it."
Pepper says hiring and training of the new workforce should take place very quickly in order to get the product lines up and running as soon as possible.
"All the people that work here we try to do a good job every day and it's showing us that the company's giving us a chance to do more and show that we can do more." Doug Knotts of Kenna said. "I think it's wonderful."
Construction is scheduled to start in February and be finished by September. It's expected all of the new hires will be in place by the end of next year.
If you are interested in working for NGK, contact the company's Human Resources Department at (248) 926-6900.
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