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Miba Group opens new Production site in McConnelsville, Ohio

July 1, 2010

Austrian company opens a new production line for high-performance engine bearings

  Miba , strategic partner to the international engine and automotive industry, opened a new production site for sintered components in McConnelsville, Ohio, USA, on June 29, 2010. Governor Ted Strickland joined Chairman of the Miba Management Board Peter Mitterbauer, Wolfgang Litzlbauer, CEO Miba Bearing Group and other leaders to open the new site in McConnelsville, Ohio. Miba Bearings US employs 260 people and has more than 30 Mio. USD invested in the Ohio plants.

At the new site, about 60 employees will produce four million engine and transmission sintered components per year for use in passenger cars.  16 Mio. USD have been invested in the new plant. At the same time, sister site Miba Bearings US is launching a new production line for high-performance engine bearings for trucks. Miba Bearings US employs 240 people; the investment was around 14 Mio. USD.

Construction of the new site, which was built alongside the sister plant Miba Bearings US, began in 2009. At the first stage of expansion, Miba is running two production lines. 60 employees will produce an output of 4 million parts per year. In the future, about 70,000 engines per year will be equipped with main and conrod bearings from the new production site.

Ohio provided more than 3.8 Mio. USD in state incentives to assist with Miba Sinter’s expansion project. The new Miba Sinter USA will produce energy-efficient engine and transmission components for the North American market.

Synergies with Miba Bearings US and the valuable support of friendly local policies were key factors in Miba’s decision to build the new plant in McConnelsville. Miba has been producing in Michigan, USA, since 1989. The takeover of the engine bearings site Miba Bearings US in McConnelsville followed in 2001. Together with the new sinter site, a new production line for high-performance engine bearings is being opened, which also creates new job opportunities in McConnelsville.

The two plants in McConnelsville comprise an important production center for Miba and will further grow. These high-performance sites secure our long-term ability to provide high-quality products to our American customers,” said Peter Mitterbauer, Chairman of the Miba Management Board.

Beiliegende Photo von Links nach Rechts: Peter Mitterbauer, Ted Strickland und Wolfgang Litzlbauer