Global powertrain supplier BorgWarner is expanding operations at its plant in Water Valley to begin manufacturing a new ECO-Launch system that enables the stop-start function in automatic transmissions.
By adding the new product to its production line BorgWarner expects to create 50 new jobs at the plant.
This latest expansion marks the company’s third in two years; in 2010, BorgWarner expanded its Water Valley operations to add a new type of transmission control solenoid, known as a mini direct-acting solenoid, to its line-up. For that project, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company created 120 new jobs.
In 2011, BorgWarner expanded production capacity of the mini direct-acting solenoid, a project that created 67 new jobs. Currently, the facility employs more than 485 workers, and since summer 2009, it has invested $47 million in a variety of projects at its Water Valley facility.
The ECO-Launch system is mounted on the transmission and filled and pressurized with transmission fluid. The pressurized fluid allows for the quick automatic transmission function necessary for compatibility with the engine stop-start strategies being implemented by automakers to improve fuel economy, Gov. Phil Bryant’s office said in a press statement.
James Verrier, president and COO of BorgWarner, said the company’s “advanced technologies have either created or led modern technology waves by delivering better fuel economy, lower emissions and powerful performance for drivers around the world.”
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance through the Momentum Mississippi incentives program, though the agency did not detail the type or amount of incentives in the press statement issued by the governor’s office.
The Tennessee Valley Authority also provided assistance for the expansion.
BorgWarner operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 59 locations in 19 countries and specializes in products to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN.