Hitachi Automotive to make electric motors in Kentucky

Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America Inc. is establishing a new, 200-job operation in Berea, Kentucky, to manufacture motors for electric vehicles.

A new Hitachi subsidiary, the company is renovating part of its sister company, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, for the operation, with production expected to begin as early as April 2022. The company currently employs about 20 people but is expected to grow to approximately 200 in 2023.

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“We are pleased to establish this new business in Berea, where Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas has forged a robust, ongoing relationship with the local community and state officials over the years,” said Shingo Nakamura, president of Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America. “The new venture is a critical piece in strengthening Hitachi’s foundation in the fast-growing electric vehicle market and supporting the revitalization of the economy in Kentucky through job creation in response to COVID-19.”

Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America, which was established in August 2020, will supply motors on a Tier 1 basis to Honda of America Mfg. Inc.

In Kentucky, Hitachi Automotive Systems America operates four facilities — two manufacturing plants in Berea making brake and suspension components and manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Harrodsburg, producing electronic control systems, actuators and fuel system components.

“On behalf of the City of Berea, we extend a hearty welcome to Hitachi Automotive Electric Motor Systems America Inc.,” said Mayor Bruce Fraley. “We are very pleased that they have chosen our city to be the first location of their newly formed company. One of our goals over the last two years has been to attract state-of-the-art, advanced manufacturing to our city, and Hitachi MS is the perfect partner.”

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