By Associated Press - Thursday, September 21, 2017

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say an automotive supplier will add 113 jobs in western Kentucky.

Automotive frame manufacturer Metalsa Structural Products is adding the jobs in Owensboro with a $36.5 million expansion to produce a new line of stamped and welded components.

Gov. Matt Bevin says Metalsa is one of Kentucky’s largest automotive employers.

Bevin’s administration says the $36.5 million at the Owensboro facility will include investment in robotic welding cells, assembly line robots, infrastructure and building expansions to accommodate the new production line and additional warehouse space.

The expansion began this summer and hiring is for September 2018 through June 2019. Company leaders expect production to begin in March 2019.

In Kentucky, Metalsa currently employs about 2,700 people at three vehicle-frame facilities in Owensboro, Hopkinsville and Elizabethtown.

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