Part of a $15 million investment, the ZF Industries facility in Gainesville will implement the assembly of axle drives with assemblies and will include a paint line for current products. Production is slated to start in mid-2004.
Currently, the 180,000 square foot facility produces six-speed manual transmissions for light trucks and transmissions for construction machinery. ZF expects to begin installing production equipment and recruiting personnel for the expansion next May.
At full capacity, the new assembly line will be capable of producing an axle drive every 28 seconds – based on two shifts, five days a week – an estimated 400,000 parts annually. The expansion will provide additional jobs – an estimated 170 employees.
“ZF intends to remain a committed partner in this region,” said Helmut Schultz, President Off-Road Driveline Technology, Sales and Service ZF North America. “The region boasts a skilled, reliable workforce, and the City of Gainesville, Hall County and State of Georgia have always assisted and supported ZF interests.”
ZF opened the Gainesville facility in 1987, its second in the United States. ZF Friedrichshafen AG is a global automotive supplier of driveline and chassis technology. Headquartered in Friedrichshafen, German, ZF is the 15th largest auto supplier in the world with a total of 55,000 employees at 117 locations in 22 countries.
ZF Industries, Inc., 1261 Palmour Drive in Gainesville. 770-531-2813
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