NTN-Bower Breaks Ground for $100-Million Expansion in IL
Eighty new full-time manufacturing jobs are headed to Macomb by spring of 2013, and Tuesday morning seven shovels broke ground on the site where the NTN-Bower Corporation will spend $100 million on an expansion to house those jobs.
NTN-Bowerâ€™s plant expansion, which will be built directly east of its existing plant, is a major investment in Macomb and the surrounding communities.
â€śI believe the new plant will contribute to the growth and development of both the City of Macomb and the State of Illinois,â€ť Toru Tomiyama, general director of NTN Americas Region, said. â€śI also believe the new plant will perform an important function for NTNâ€™s growth.â€ť
According to NTN-Bower President Kunio Kamo, the 240,000-square foot expansion will equal about a third of the size of the existing plant. The production lines housed in the new plant will specialize in the manufacture of 4- to 8-inch tapered roller bearings, one of NTN-Bowerâ€™s main products, which Kamo said there is an increased demand for.
Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDCO) Executive Director Kim Pierce said a $100 million investment in western Illinois doesnâ€™t happen very often.
â€śItâ€™s been a while,â€ť she said. â€śThe last investment of any enormity was Pella when they did their expansion of their facility here in Macomb back in 2005. At that time it was $36 million. So this is a substantial investment, and a great number of jobs that will be created.â€ť
The effort to secure the expansion took “well over a year,” NTN-Bower’s general production manager, Craig Allen, said. It was first announced in April.
â€śI think weâ€™re a very good place for people to come to apply for a job and come to work here,â€ť Allen said. â€śObviously if weâ€™re investing this kind of money, we plan to stay around for a while.â€ť
The plant expansion is scheduled to be completed by April 2013. NTN-Bowerâ€™s existing Macomb plant has manufactured roller bearings since 1965.