Foundations have been established and a steel structure is starting to take shape for what will be the Italian company’s North American production plant and distribution center.
The company is on track to have a 250,000-square-foot building ready for test runs in January 2018 and occupancy by late April, according to Botetourt County Administrator Gary Larrowe.
About 350 people are slated to be working at the plant within five years. Another 300 employees are expected to be added after that, marking the largest expansion of new manufacturing jobs in the Roanoke Valley in at least a decade.
Eldor already has hired a small group of assembly supervisors and sent them to Izmir, Turkey, where they are being trained at a company plant that has the same advanced equipment to be installed at the Botetourt County location.
The company makes ignition systems, engine control units and electronic systems that it plans to distribute to auto manufacturers throughout North America.
When Eldor announced its plans in March 2016, the goal was to begin production as soon as this August.
Site preparation began right away, but construction of the building was pushed back for a re-design that Eldor officials said was needed to “adopt the latest technology developments and be ready also for the next generation of automotive products.”
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