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Magna breaks ground on new seating plant in Ohio

The Lancaster facility represents an initial investment of approximately US$60 million, and will be Magna’s first dedicated seat structure plant in the U.S.


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July 31, 2019 by Canadian Plastics

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (fifth from right) and Magna CEO Don Walker (sixth from right) lead the groundbreaking at Magna’s new seat structure plant in Lancaster, Ohio.
Photo credit: Magna International

In an event attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Canadian auto parts maker Magna International broke ground on a new 150,000-square-foot seat structure plant in Lancaster, Ohio.

The facility represents an initial investment by Magna of approximately US$60 million, and is part of the Aurora, Ont.-based firm’s efforts to expand its seating business – it will be Magna’s first dedicated seat structure plant in the U.S. and will feature robotic laser and MIG welding capabilities.

Lancaster is located about 50 kilometers southeast of Columbus.

The groundbreaking event was also attended by Magna CEO Don Walker and U.S. Representative Steve Stivers, who represents Ohio’s 15th congressional district.

The new seating plant is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2020 and employ 300 people by 2021, with the possibility for future growth.

In a July 30 statement, Magna noted that the facility is “strategically located” to provide seat structures to its customers, starting with a new plug-in hybrid vehicle for a global automaker.

Magna currently has four manufacturing operations and employs approximately 2,700 people in Ohio. The new seating facility in Lancaster will be Magna’s fifth location in the state.