GREENFIELD — A Chinese auto-parts manufacturer plans to build in Hancock County, bringing about 441 new jobs by 2021.
BeijingWest Industries Co., which designs and builds brake and suspension systems, announced plans Wednesday to construct its first production facility in the United States in Greenfield’s Progress Park, closing a deal that’s been in the works for more than six months and marks one of the largest developments — in terms of jobs and investment — the city has seen in recent years. The facility, roughly 275,000 square feet, will be among the largest manufacturing facilities in Greenfield.
The company will invest more than $80 million in the local facility, creating 441 new jobs paying an average salary of about $52,000 a year plus benefits, said Hancock Economic Development Council director Skip Kuker, who led negotiations with the company.
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