- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

ROBINSONVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A German crankshaft manufacturer is looking for 40 to 50 new employees for its first North American factory in Robinsonville, Mississippi.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1PqG1V7) Feuer Powertrain North America Inc. plans to at least double its current workforce of 39.

In a news release Thursday, Feuer’s executive vice president of operations, Marco Illig, says they will train people to do the job. For information about applying for a job, send an email to [email protected]

Positions the company wants to fill include maintenance, apprenticeship, shop leader, personnel and executive assistant.

The Robinsonville facility is scheduled to formally launch early next year, with officials including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant attending.

Feuer Powertrain, based in Nordhausen, Germany, announced in 2013 that it would build the $60 million facility in a Tunica County cornfield. Company officials said the workforce for the 155,000-square-foot facility is expected to grow to 300 in the next five years.

Feuer’s investment and hiring is an example of economic growth triggered by the auto manufacturing industry in Mississippi. The firm’s first product in Mississippi is a crankshaft for a V-8 diesel engine made by Cummins, headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.

The Mississippi-made crankshafts will ship to Columbus for the diesel engines that will power Nissan Titan full-size pickup trucks assembled at the Japanese automaker’s plant in Canton, Mississippi.

Feuer produces more than 1 million crankshafts a year, providing the backbone in engines for auto manufacturers ranging from BMW, Volkswagen and Audi to Jaguar, Ferrari and Rolls Royce.

The Robinsonville plant has the capacity to produce 300,000 crankshafts a year for use in engines with two to 12 cylinders, according to company officials.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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