AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Faurecia Group (http://www.faurecia.com) today announced it continues investment and expansion in the Southeast U.S. with the addition of a Madison, Miss.-based plant to support the production of seats for Nissan. The 180,000-square-foot plant supplies seat systems for the Nissan Altima, Armada SUV, Titan pickup truck and new NV commercial van. It operates on a just-in-time (JIT) basis to deliver complete front and rear seats to Nissan's Canton, Miss., assembly plant.
"The expansion into Madison and throughout the Southeast has been critical to serving our customers' needs as well as to growing our business and securing future opportunities," said Rich Kolpasky, president of Faurecia Automotive Seating North America. "Faurecia is eager to expand its business with Nissan."
As the number of foreign and domestic automakers in the Southeast grows, Faurecia has developed an extensive presence there and is contributing to the economies of communities across the region. Faurecia's customers in the Southeast now include BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Nissan and Volkswagen. Recent additions to the company's footprint include a plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. to supply interior and exterior systems components to Nissan and an emissions control technologies plant in Chattanooga for Volkswagen. A new just-in-time seating plant will soon launch in Cottondale, Ala., for Mercedes-Benz.
The company marked the official dedication of the Madison plant today with a flag-raising ceremony, attended by Governor Haley Barbour, as well as local dignitaries, customers and the plant's employees.
To further welcome the Madison community to the Faurecia family, foster team spirit and encourage giving, Faurecia launched its FUELS (Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service) corporate giving campaign in Madison by partnering with the Mississippi Food Network. In 2010, Faurecia sites throughout North America collected more than 148,000 pounds of non-perishable food for local food banks and contributed more than 650 hours of volunteer service. The company donated more than $20,000 to partner food banks in the communities Faurecia serves.
The Madison plant employees have already contributed to the 2011 initiative by collecting 1,000 pounds of food, and Faurecia today donated $4,000 to the Mississippi Food Network as a celebration of the plant's dedication.
About Faurecia North America
Faurecia North America had sales of $3.4 billion in 2010. The Group has 29 production sites in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and employs more than 9,000 people in the region. It has four technical and development centers, situated in Auburn Hills, Holland and Troy, Mich., and in Columbus, Ind., as well as a customer center in Toledo, Ohio.
Faurecia is the world's sixth largest automotive supplier with four key Business Groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2010, the Group posted total sales of $18.22 billion. The company is headquartered in Nanterre, France, with its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. It employs 75,000 people in 33 countries at 238 sites and 38 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange. For more information, visit: www.faurecia.com