Newman Technology is a Honda supplier that produces door sashes and exhaust components for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Al. supplying both the Honda and Acura lines. The company broke ground in April 2012 and has already hired 130 people.
NTAL is one of 3 operating divisions of Sankei Giken Kogyo Co., Ltd. of Japan in North America.
“We went from a company in Japan to North America and now we’re global,” explains NTAL Plant Manager Jeff Thomas, “we have Thailand, we have Taiwan, we have China and now making our presence in North America.”
Governor Bentley says the continued addition of plants like NTAL to the state is part of the ‘Accelerate Alabama’ plan.
“Which is to concentrate on 11 different industries in the state,” says Bentley, “and automotive is a major part of that.”
Bentley points out Alabama has been recognized as a leader in auto production nationally and globally. He says auto production will continue to be an economic boon for Alabama’s economy.
“In fact had it not been for the automotive industry I don’t believe we would be as advanced with skilled industries in this state.”
With strategic planning and NTAL has added several product lines and is planning to move more equipment into the facility through the rest of the year. As of August 1, NTAL has added over 100 team members including associates from Alabama, Japan, Ohio and South Carolina.
With the initial phase of plant operations now completed NTAL will now focus on a Phase II expansion to the north of the current facility providing the opportunity for even more positions in the future.
“New jobs for the people of this state are very important and the high-quality skilled jobs that you will require in this plant is what Alabama can provide,” Bentley told a room full of NTAL leaders and staff.
The Phase II plant expansion is expected to begin later this year and be operational in 2015.