German auto supplier to bring 600-plus jobs to Lee County

Grammer LOGOBy Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

A German automotive supplier will employ hundreds in a new facility in Lee County.

Wednesday afternoon, local and state economic development leaders will gather at the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South in Shannon to make the announcement.

State and local leaders declined to give details about the project, and said more information will be released at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

The Daily Journal has learned the company is Grammer AG of Amberg, Germany, and the project will bring more than 600 jobs.

The facility is in line with the company’s long-range plans.

For example, early last year, Grammer said its Automotive division was set to expand in North America, which generates about 20 percent of its overall automotive business.

Grammer currently has two plants in Mexico that produce headrests, armrests and center consoles. In 2012, Grammer’s revenue from interior components in North America rose 30 percent. The interior components are used by U.S. automakers as well as German automakers on the continent.

Grammer AG has two major divisions:

• Automotive, which supplies headrests, armrests, center consoles, head restraint systems, integrated child safety seats and side cushions to vehicle manufacturers.

• Seating Systems, which provides driver’s seats for trucks and off-road vehicles, including tractors and agricultural machinery, construction machinery and forklifts, as well as driver and passenger seating for regional and high-speed long-haul trains, coaches and buses.

In November, Grammer said its Automotive division saw “very dynamic growth,” powered by higher sales in China and North America. The company also said its Seating Systems division “could also achieve higher revenues in the North American off-road market.”

It is unclear who Grammer will supply, but more details will be revealed Wednesday.

The company will occupy the 75,000-square-foot shell building in the industrial park, where Wednesday’s ceremony will be held.

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  • Todd

    Good news for sure! But with 600+ employees at that location (even if on 3 shifts)….parking for their employees is going to be a big problem. That is not a very big tract of land.

  • aaron

    I wonder how much incentive they were given to come to tupelo. since tupelo will only help out certain industries and leave others to the wolves. running to the aid of cooper tire but turning their backs on lane furniture. so many are still unemployed and there’s no help for those like me. when Toyota was rewarded for coming here, there was no stipulation in place that they only hire people from the area first and then go outside to fill the rest. I had manufacturing experience and was either rejected or lied to by the Toyota plants. I can’t work nights so the 12 hour night shifts would be out of the question. they don’t want to deal with hiring so they get temp services to do their lazy job. tupelo always slaps itself on the back every time it gets a company to come to town, mainly stealing from other areas that could use it and tupelo has enough. even daily journal management puts people down for not being able to find work, but will advertise a job after interviewing a few people for a position. the journal will kill themselves to slap phil Bryant and cdf old ken doll on the front page but not those like me who try every day to get a job. tupelo is the biggest whore in the state and they don’t care how many times they have to bend over to get a business. then leave all the taxpayers to foot their bills.

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  • Lied-To

    I agree “aaron”. To hell with those hundreds of people that will get jobs at that company, it is all about YOU and your lack of employment.