Israel-based company coming to Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - An Israel-based company says it will build a manufacturing facility in the city of Auburn in an effort to produce plastic parts for the automotive industry. Arkal Plastic Products made the announcement Tuesday and says the facility, already under construction, will be completed by the end of December.

ARKAL Automotive USA, Inc. will be housed in a new 32,000 square foot facility in Auburn Technology Park West with future expansion plans of up to 110,000 square feet. Officials say the first phase represents an investment of just over $7 million and will create 25 jobs.

"For the last two years ARKAL has collaborated in a partnership with another Auburn-based company. Business at both companies apparently is strong enough to enable both companies to expand beyond that partnership," explained Mayor Bill Ham. "It is a good day for Auburn when a technology-driven company is planning to invest and hire people in our community," Ham added.

Mr. Ram Drori, General Manager of ARKAL Automotive Plastic complimented Auburn's economic development program. "The pro-business attitude and valuable input provided by the economic development team made the difference over other locations that we evaluated. We are looking for a long and good relationship with Auburn that will support our strategy of growing in this area."

The Auburn facility will focus on supplying car manufacturers in and around Alabama. The company is also operating in Germany, Spain, Poland and China.

ARKAL Automotive, a division of ARKAL Plastic Products, was founded in 1997. It's the second company from Israel to start a manufacturing operation in Auburn.