- Jul 29, 2013
Automotive equipment manufacturer Nussbaum Lifts will establish a North American headquarters and production center in Gastonia, creating 83 jobs within three years.
The $7.6 million facility will produce automotive service lifts and house engineering, sales and service operations for the company, according to a news release from the office of N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue.
Salaries at the plant will average $51,875 per year, exceeding the Gaston County average of $34,112. The facility will include a research and development component that’s expected to attract mechanical, software and electronic engineers, the company says.
Nussbaum bought the former Jewell Building Systems building in Delta Business Park in western Gastonia. It expects to begin producing automotive lifts there within five months, says Steffen Nussbaum, the company’s president.
The goal is to produce 5,000 lifts from the Gastonia plant by 2016, Nussbaum says. The company has sold more than 20,000 lifts in North America, but those were imported from German factories.
Nussbaum Lifts is a subsidiary of Otto Nussbaum GmbH, one of the largest automotive service equipment manufacturers in the world. Nussbaum Lifts is based in Kehl, Germany. Its products have been sold in the U.S. since 1984.
“The opening of our new Nussbaum facility offices is a major step towards providing local service and support for our United States and North American customers,” Nussbaum says in a prepared statement. “It is also a very significant milestone towards transforming Nussbaum from a primarily European company to a true multinational enterprise. This new location will enable us to support our growing list of North American customers with the latest automotive service technology.”
Perdue’s office say the project was made possible, in part, by a $137,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which the governor’s office uses to promote economic development.
Nussbaum says the company wanted to be in the United States to further penetrate what he says is the largest automotive supply market in the world.
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Charlotte Business Journal
Ken Elkins, Senior Staff Writer – Charlotte Business Journal