North Carolina to add auto jobs

While South Carolina will soon be opening its doors to a newly remodeled BMW manufacturing plant, North Carolina is following in its footsteps by increasing automotive jobs within its borders, as well.

According to The Jacksonville Daily News, the GKN Driveline will be expanding its Catawba County plant and creating more than 228 jobs in the area. The construction, which is set to be completed by 2018, represents an investment of more than $113.8 million. The announcement came from Gov. Pat McCrory and state commerce secretary Sharon Decker. McCrory explained that the expansion would reap benefits for the county as whole, especially with job creation and economic growth.

"Automotive manufacturing companies like GKN know that North Carolina is a strong fit for their company," McCrory said. "The additional skilled manufacturing jobs that they'll create will strengthen the economy of Catawba County and add to our state's already strong base of automotive parts manufacturers."

The GKN Driveline provides automotive parts to a number of leading car manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. Its new expansion will provide more room for production and allow greater space for larger, industrial equipment.