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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Borg Warner announces Water Valley expansion

Borg Warner officially announced this morning the expansion of its Water Valley facility to facilitate the production of a new “mini direct-acting solenoids” line. Per a press release, the expansion could mean the addition of up to 120 new jobs for the branch.

“This is welcome news for the city of Water Valley. We are very pleased that the management of Borg Warner has decided to place these jobs in Water Valley, and we appreciate very much Gov. Haley Barbour and the (Mississippi Development Authority) staff for the work they have done with Borg Warner in this job placement,” Water Valley Mayor Larry Hart said. “We appreciate very much our state legislators for their efforts in styling legislation that would facilitate such a move.

“It was a team effort with the corporate structure, state structure to the local government and is a wonderful blessing to our community.”

The new production line, according to plant manager Kent Tobin, involves cutting-edge technology.

“For us down in Water Valley, this is our latest technology from Borg Warner that we have to offer,” Tobin said. “This technology enables vehicle manufacturers to achieve significant fuel economy savings.”

Producing the new solenoids will require the Water Valley facility to build “ISO-class 8 clean rooms,” which will provide a contamination-free work environment.

The whole expansion will cost approximately $18 million in facility and equipment upgrades from the corporate level. (August 24, 2010)

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