Expansion supports future growth in the region, adds 150 jobs
Celaya, Mexico, March 24, 2015 - Tenneco (NYSE: TEN), a global supplier of clean air and ride performance products and systems, today announced that it has expanded its ride performance manufacturing operations in Celaya, Mexico. The expansion will help to accommodate new business growth for the company’s North American light vehicle customers, while supporting future growth opportunities in the Mexico and Latin American markets.
At an event held today at the facility, Miguel Márquez Márquez, Governor of Guanajuato, toured the plant and spoke with employees and the company’s senior leaders. Tenneco’s Celaya facility produces shock absorbers and other ride control products for light vehicles and commercial trucks.
“Enhancing our capabilities in Celaya helps us support growth and our customers’ requirements for quality, cost, technology, and on-time delivery,” said Mike Seurynck, Tenneco vice president and general manager, North America Ride Performance. “Our growth in Celaya also offers exciting opportunities for current and future employees, through new technology training and skill development.”
The $9 million facility expansion includes the addition of more than 10,000 square meters of new warehouse and office space, two new manufacturing lines and a reconfiguration of existing production space. The company expects to hire approximately 150 employees in the coming year to accommodate the additional growth.
Tenneco opened its first manufacturing operations in Mexico in 1983. Today, the company operates four manufacturing facilities there, with ride performance production in Celaya and Reynosa and clean air plants in Aguascalientes and Puebla. More than 2,000 employees support light and commercial vehicle customers throughout the region.
Tenneco is an $8.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 29,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive, commercial truck and off-highway original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.
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