50 Years, 50 Stories


Published Oct. 13, 2000 in The Ledger Independent

Business is good for Maysville’s Mitsubishi Electric Automotive American plant. So goo the company plans a $60 million expansion that will double its size and increase its employee base by one-third, the company announced Thursday.

The award-winning plant manufactures electronic components for automobiles such as starters, alternators and ignition coils as well as vehicle stereo equipment.

Construction of the additional 190,000 square feet to the existing building will increase the company’s size to nearly 400,000 square feet of space. Currently employing about 235 people, the expansion will cause “at least” 100 more jobs at the business, Vice President and Plant Manager Bob Valentine said.

Besides winning the General Motors Supplier of the Year award in September, the plant received the 1999 J.D. Powers Best in Class award for its car audio systems this year, Valentine said.

“We’ve won awards from virtually all our customers,” Valentine said. Those customers include Honda, GM, DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi and Cami Motors.

The recent GM award recognized the plant, which supplies the automaker with ignition coils, for producing more than 8 million coils without a single defect.

The Maysville plant was on e of only 180 manufactures of the 30,000 that supply the world’s largest automaker with parts to win the GM award.

Valentine recognized many in the area for the company’s success and intentions to expand.

“We are really grateful to the community particularly the local industrial authority, the city of Maysville, and the college system,” Valentine said. “They have all been very supportive as we have talked about expansion.”

Valentine represents Mitsubishi on the Buffalo Trace Education Consortium that seeks to develop classes for the new technology center that is currently under construction at Maysville Community and Technology College. The consortium seeks to develop a schedule of courses that will address he needs of the area business.

“We have worked closely with MCC. We’re looking to them to do a lot of training for us, They’ve been very helpful,” Valentine said.

Valentine also credited employees of the Maysville facility for the announcement of the expansion.

“Their commitment to quality and on-time delivery, who are our customers’ top priorities, helps make our growth possible,” he said.