ZF to expand U.S. operations in Tuscaloosa image

ZF Group, the automotive parts maker has announced a US$14.6mln expansion at its manufacturing facility in Tuscaloosa.

ZF will add 60,000 square feet of space to its 157,000-square-foot facility at the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park later this year after being selected to supply axle systems for the Mercedes C-Class sedan, which will be built at the Mercedes plant in Vance beginning in 2014.

The $14.6 million expansion will give ZF the capacity to make up to 400,000 axles yearly for just the C-Class. That would be enough for 200,000 C-Class sedans annually.

Mercedes officials, however, noted that customer demand will determine how many vehicles will be produced and how many parts, such as axles, will be purchased.
ZF’s Tuscaloosa plant currently has 295 employees and looks to add 85 new jobs as they plan to begin production on the new systems in 2014.