Continental has officially opened an 88,000sq.ft expansion of its Fletcher, North Carolina facility to meet increased demand for Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) production. The result of a US$35m investment, the expansion has seen production and warehouse space added to the facility, in addition to new machining and assembly equipment.
“Thanks to the growing demand for brake calipers, and the overall economic turnaround in North America, we have nearly tripled our regional production at the Henderson facility over the past three years,” stated Samir Salman, chief executive officer for Continental North America. “This investment demonstrates Continental’s commitment to deliver quality products to our customers and to the future growth of the automotive industry.”
The investment to the facility will also see an additional 40 jobs created in the state of North Carolina.
“Continental’s expansion is more evidence of North Carolina’s improving economy and talented workforce,” commented state Governor Pat McCrory. “Continental has been a great partner in our state and we look forward to their future growth and prosperity. We will continue to pursue policies that improve North Carolina’s business climate and make it easier for companies like Continental to expand and create jobs.”
The Henderson plant is part of Continental’s Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit in North America, and has become a strong contributor in the company’s strategy to further develop foundation brake and EPB product segments.