05 February 2013

U.S. Tsubaki Automotive to invest $1.9 million and create 70 new jobs in Tennessee

Nashville – 05 February 2013 - U.S. Tsubaki Automotive, a subsidiary of Japanese chain technology company Tsubakimoto Chain Company, plans to expand its facility in Portland, Tennessee. The expansion represents a $1.9 million investment and will create 70 new, full-time jobs in Sumner County. 

“With more than 900 auto manufacturers and suppliers in the state, Tennessee continues to prove itself a prime location for the auto industry and companies like Tsubaki Automotive,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “We are grateful Tsubaki calls Tennessee home and has chosen to further invest in our state and its citizens.” 

Tsubaki Automotive supplies complete chain drive systems for many engine and transmission applications, including cam drives, balancer drives and oil pump drives. The systems typically include chains, tensioners, guides and sprockets. Tsubaki’s customers include the major automotive OEMs in North America: General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Honda. The company provides complete services including initial design support utilizing CAD, component and engine testing and analysis. 

“The expansion to Tennessee is very exciting for the Tsubaki team. Tsubaki prides itself in innovation, employee dedication and being committed to the community. These fundamental values are the foundation that has led to our success. We look forward to growing our partnership with the community and creating lasting opportunities,” Tim Goble, Portland plant manager, Tsubaki, said. 

Tsubaki’s light assembly operations will occupy 60,000 square feet of the facility’s current space, leaving 30,000 square feet to the Conveyor Operations currently housed there. The additional 70 jobs will be a mixture of production and engineering positions. The company will host a job fair on Feb. 11 at the Sumner County Career Center. 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. 

Tsubakimoto Chain Company was founded in 1917 in Japan and began manufacturing roller chain in 1923. Today, Tsubaki chain is marketed in over 70 countries and sales exceed $1.7 billion globally. U. S. Tsubaki, a subsidiary of Tsubakimoto Chain Company, was founded in 1971. U.S. Tsubaki has service centers strategically located in Dallas, TX; Wheeling (Chicago), IL; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA and manufacturing facilities in Holyoke, MA; Chicopee, MA; Anoka, MN; Sandusky, OH and Milwaukee, WI. 

Source: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development