FLETCHER, NC—Cummins-Meritor will $17 million to expand its assembly plant here. The project is expected to create 40 jobs.

The company will increase the electric axle production by upgrading the plant with connectivity and automation technologies. The facility is Cummins-Meritor’s largest North American manufacturing site, producing 70 percent of the nation’s class-8 axles.

“Our employees in Fletcher are critical to making Cummins-Meritor the industry leader in commercial vehicle powertrain systems,” says Ken Hogan, vice president and general manager for Cummins-Meritor. “This investment expands our footprint and allows us to attract the key talent we need to continue being the top choice of our global customers.”

A performance-based grant of $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with the expansion. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require matching participation from local governments.

Meritor was recently acquired by Cummins. The companies have four other North Carolina locations, including Forest City, Laurinburg, Rocky Mount and the recently expanded Morganton site.