German Plant Opens Its Doors in Dublin

6:18 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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A year ago, the building now on Willie Paulk Parkway in Dublin was just a drawing. Today, it's the site of the first Erdrich factory in the United States.

The metal stamping company makes auto parts for parts for BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and a few others.

Owner Nicolas Erdrich says choosing where to break ground in America was a difficult process, even Macon was a potential site, but Dublin offered just what the company was looking for.

"It's the community where we had the best feelings, and the surrounding fit perfect with the ground we have here, with the employees we expect to get here," he says.

Erdrich says they will hire and train 30 employees by the end of the year, with the hopes of hiring nearly 200 by the end of 2014.

Dublin Mayor Phil Best says he thinks the plant will help more than just the job market.

"I hope it will create home sales and increase our retail trade and maybe help with construction, and it will just have so many effects on what we're doing here," he says.

The equipment will trickle in between now and September. Production is slated to start at the beginning of 2014.

Erdrich says he hopes the Dublin plant will eventually compete with the company's two main sites in Germany.

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