CALHOUN, GA—TEKLAS, a Turkish manufacturing company and supplier of parts for electric vehicles, is investing $6.5 million to open its first North American assembly plant and headquarters here.
The 200,000-square-foot factory is expected to create 120 jobs. Operations are scheduled to start in the spring of 2021. The company produces rubber hoses and plastic tubes for automotive fluid systems. It supplies parts for several OEMs, including General Motors, Volkswagen and Daimler Mercedes.
“As the automotive industry moves toward electric vehicles, we will work to foster an ecosystem of manufacturers and suppliers on the leading edge of the industry’s transition,” says Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson.
TEKLAS is the third EV supplier to announce plans to build assembly plants in Georgia in recent months. In July, GEDIA Automotive Group announced plans to invest $85 million to build a new assembly plant in Whitfield County. The plant is expected to produce parts for new electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, which has its North American headquarters in Sandy Springs, GA.
In June, SK Innovation said it would invest $940 million to expand its electric vehicle battery plant in Commerce, GA. Expected to create 600 jobs, the expansion will raise the company’s total investment in the state to more than $2.6 billion.