Area automotive supplier on growth fast track

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Fueled by hot sellers such as the Toyota Camry and Corolla, Columbus-based auto parts supplier Sunright America is investing $34.7 million to expand production and plans to add 150 employees within the next two years.

At its current 322,000-square-foot plant in Woodside Industrial Park, Sunright employs about 200 and makes about 5 million fasteners a day. Each motor vehicle contains hundreds of such fasteners, also called nuts, to keep car seats affixed to the car’s frame and to help the steering wheel remain in place.

At a Friday groundbreaking ceremony for the first of two planned new plants, dignitaries including Gov. Mike Pence and Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown thanked Sunright officials, some of whom had traveled to Columbus from Japan and Indonesia, for their continued investment and vote of confidence in Columbus and Indiana.

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