MADISON — Gov. Haley Barbour, officials from Faurecia and state and local officials gathered today for a flag-raising ceremony marking Faurecia’s acquisition of Johnson Controls Inc. in Madison.
Faurecia will assume Johnson Controls’ role of supplying seats to the Nissan plant in Canton. The company will manufacture seats for Nissan’s Armada, Altima, NV and Titan models.
Faurecia will operate in the existing facility that housed Johnson Controls, and the company will utilize the existing equipment in the facility, as well. Faurecia rehired much of the Johnson Controls staff and now employs nearly 300 workers at the Madison facility.
In addition to its new Madison location, Faurecia has had operations in Cleveland in the Mississippi Delta since 2004 where the company has 370 employees. There, the company manufactures seat frames for various BMW, Chrysler and General Motors vehicles.
“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.”
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided guidance regarding available tax incentives and worked closely with Holmes Community College, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the state’s WIN Job Centers to assist the company with its workforce training needs.