Tinley Park, Ill. (July 12, 2018) — Leading automotive parts manufacturer, UGN, Inc., has chosen Monroe, Ohio, to be the focus of the company’s 2018 expansion efforts.

In February, UGN announced targeted expansion and further investment in one of its Midwest locations: UGN Monroe, in Ohio, or UGN Valparaiso in Indiana. The growth addresses the needs of their customers and corresponding new programs awarded in 2019 and 2020.

On his decision, Peter Anthony, president and CEO of UGN said “both locations exemplify UGN culture and the level of success in which we strive,” adding that while there were benefits to expansion in either Ohio or Indiana, ultimately the company has decided to expand in Monroe.  

“We are excited about our growth in Monroe,” Mr. Anthony stated. “And I’m very happy our customers are embracing the UGN innovations and are designing them into their future vehicles. Ultimately, these technologies benefit UGN’s customers, in turn adding value to the end customer—the drivers themselves.”

“It is exciting to see another Japanese auto supplier grow in Ohio, and we are pleased UGN chose Monroe for this expansion,” said Jonathan Bridges, JobsOhio director of automotive.

“UGN’s investment in Warren County was a collaborative effort that will bring 111 new jobs to support OEM demand for its high-quality acoustic, interior, and underfloor products.”

“UGN, Inc. is innovating and growing in Monroe,” said Johnna Reeder, President and CEO of REDI Cincinnati.

“We are proud to champion their success and look forward to enhancing our partnership as they become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati region’s automotive success.”

The UGN Monroe facility opened in 2015 and brought more than 280 new skilled jobs to the community. In its short operating history, UGN Monroe has also been distinguished with customer awards and industry recognition.

UGN Monroe expansion will increase the size of the facility’s current building by 154,000 square feet, requires 111 new team members, and add close to $6M in salaries.

If you are interested in joining the growing UGN Monroe team, please visit UGN Careers, and follow the UGN Life page on LinkedIn for a look into our culture.

The expansion is planned to start this month, and construction should be complete by November 2018.

About REDI Cincinnati

The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the Southwest Ohio regional partner of the JobsOhio Network. REDI Cincinnati is the first point of contact for businesses interested in growing in or relocating to Greater Cincinnati, a three-state, 15-county region with 2.2 million residents and 120,000 businesses, including nine Fortune® 500 companies. In 2017, the Greater Cincinnati region ranked sixth in the U.S. for new/expanded facilities among metros with one million or more residents.

About UGN, Inc.

Founded in 1986 as a partnership between Nihon Tokushu Toryo Co. Ltd., (Nittoku) and Autoneum Holding AG, UGN, Inc., is the preferred producer of high-quality acoustic, interior trim, and thermal management products, and a recognized leader in customer satisfaction for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America.  

UGN, with more than $415 million in revenue, has six locations in the United States—Novi, Michigan; Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Somerset, Kentucky; Tinley Park, Illinois; and Valparaiso, Indiana; as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico—specializing in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support.

Monroe is considering several incentives for an auto parts supplier that wants to expand. UGN Inc., which opened a plant in Monroe about three years ago, is deciding whether it will bring 100 more manufacturing employees and around $6 million in payroll to the city or to Valparaiso, Ind.

Monroe is considering these local incentives:

City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 10, 2018 to hear the second reading of legislation that would provide the local incentives.

MONROE, Ohio (May 3, 2016)—UGN, Inc. recently announced the hire of James Blagg to oversee their Monroe, Ohio facility.

In his previous position as general manager of body assembly for Volkswagen Group of America in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Blagg hired and trained a 122-person assembly management team, implemented team member training for 1,500 employees, and developed a shop floor management system which reduced the ramp up curve by six weeks and moved up engine production by six months. He brings with him 15 years of experience in lean manufacturing, TPS training, management, and development.

As plant manager of the new UGN Monroe facility, Blagg leads the 150-person team to meet the high-quality standards already established by the six other facilities UGN runs in the United States.

“Blagg is a proven leader. He developed many systems and training plans designed to reduce costs and improve efficiency while with Toyota and Volkswagen,” says Peter Anthony, president and chief executive officer, UGN.

UGN expanded operations into Ohio in 2015. The 232,400 square foot Monroe facility supplies Honda Motor Co. with state-of-the-art carpet systems and underfloor technologies, which, until now, have never been made in the United States. The facility has room to expand into an additional 150,000 square feet when it begins supplying Toyota and Subaru.

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