COVINGTON, GA—Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing Inc. (NAMI), a manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly brake pads, will create 100 jobs and invest $72 million in an expansion of its facility here.

NAMI has maintained a presence in Newton County for more than two decades. Along with NAMI’s business development center in Sterling Heights, MI, its facility here produces friction materials for automotive manufacturers and develops environmentally friendly, copper-free brake pads.

“Nisshinbo has been an indispensable partner in Covington for 20 years,” says David Bernd, Select Newton vice president of economic development. “Seeing more than $70 million in Foreign Direct Investment for 100 well-paying advanced manufacturing careers is incredible.”

Japanese-affiliated companies currently operate more than 500 facilities in Georgia that employ approximately 30,000 Georgians.