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How German company's $40 million local investment will bring more jobs
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ZF is looking to invest $40 million-plus in adding new automotive production lines by mid-2019 at its Palmour Drive plant in Gainesville, adding 60 jobs.

Germany-based car parts maker ZF is adding three new assembly lines at its 1261 Palmour Drive plant, a $40 million-plus investment that will create about 60 new jobs.

Most of the hiring for the jobs will start in early 2019, ZF spokesman Gary Mason said.

“We are currently seeing strong sales in all of our businesses and hiring both for volume growth and new projects,” he said.

The first assembly line was installed in May, and the others should be done by mid-2019, Mason said.

Production at the new lines should take place between spring 2019 and spring 2020.

“As a result, ZF’s Palmour Drive location will become a completely automotive-focused plant,” Mason said.

“We also have some commercial vehicle steering and suspension business that will be moved from Palmour Drive to New Harvest, utilizing some of the space left by the vacating wind (power) business,” he said.

As part of a reorganization of ZF’s four Hall County plants, the New Harvest facility will become ZF Gainesville’s Industrial and Commercial Vehicle Plant.

Perhaps the biggest change in the reshuffling was the wind power operation at 1925 New Harvest Road, off Calvary Church Road, ending in June.

ZF had decided to move that production to plants in Europe, India and China “in response to changing wind power product market conditions,” Mason said in a May interview.

ZF’s other Hall County plants are at 5405 Rafe Banks Drive and 5531 Rafe Court. The Palmour Drive facility is ZF’s original site, starting operations in 1987.

The company has 1,100 total local employees, Mason said.

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