Prattville plant to expand, add jobs

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Fras-le North America, one of the world's largest manufacturers of friction materials, says it will make an $11 million investment in its Prattville plant, adding new equipment and approximately 100 employees.

The official announcement is set for Thursday.

The company says this will be the first time it has ever made brake lining in the United States. The Prattville plant currently produces disc brake pads.

The additional employees will be hired throughout 2012 and 2013 as the company expands its supply capabilities for North American commercial vehicle business customers.

The announcment, "demonstrates our expanded commitment to the North American market and our desire to grow the business even more," said Daniel Randon, Fras-le CEO and president.  "We appreciate all the support we've received from officials in Prattville to help facilitate our company's expansion. We are excited to be a part of bringing new jobs to the area."

Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie praised the company's decision saying, "During these tough economics times, this announcement is certainly a blessing for our community." Mayor Gillespie added, "I also want to express my gratitude for their commitment to Prattville. We wish them much continued success in all of their endeavors."

Fras-le said it currently makes braking lining in Brazil and China for distribution around the world, but the expansion of the Prattville plant will significantly increase its global capsity.

The company's products are found in a wide variety of on- and off-highway commercial vehicles, trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, dump trucks, light vehicles and other specialty vehicles and equipment.

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