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Eaton to expand supercharger plant in Athens, Georgia
Wed Sep 2, 1998 -
ATHENS, GEORGIA.... Eaton Corporation will expand its Engine Components Operations plant in Athens, Georgia, and create 70 new jobs as the company responds to increased demand for superchargers from automobile manufacturers around the world. Eaton is the world’s largest original equipment manufacturer of superchargers. Customers include Daimler-Benz, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Jaguar, Ford, Aston Martin, Toyota Racing Development and Holden.
The 32,000 square foot expansion will give the Athens plant a total of 87,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plant currently has 285 full-time employees and will produce approximately 180,000 superchargers in 1998.The plant expects to have 355 full-time employees when the additional capacity comes on-line in April 1999.
Eaton has been manufacturing superchargers in Athens since 1989. The company’s supercharger sales increased dramatically from 1996 to 1997 and are projected to grow more than 20% annually.
"Since 1996, superchargers have been the fastest growing product line within Engine Components and have been a positive contributor to the corporation’s growth initiative," said Stephen M. Buente, vice president of Eaton’s Engine Components Operations-Worldwide. "OEMs are increasingly turning to supercharging because it allows them to use a smaller engine to provide performance that is equivalent—and often superior—to that of a larger engine, without sacrificing fuel economy.
"The Athens plant is the heart of our supercharger business," added Buente. "Our positive experiences with the workforce in Athens made the decision to expand the plant much easier."
Eaton Corporation is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial and semiconductor markets. Principal products include electrical power distribution and control equipment, truck drivetrain systems, engine components, hydraulic products, ion implanters and a wide variety of controls. Headquartered in Cleveland, the company has 49,000 employees and 150 manufacturing sites in 25 countries around the world. Sales for 1997 were $7.6 billion.