Eaton to build transmissions in Mexico

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Eaton Corp.’s Truck Components Operations has selected a site at the Tres Naciones Industrial Park in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, for the location of its new manufacturing plant to build transmissions for North America.

The new plant will have 350,000 square feet and will cost more than (US) $100 million to build.

“Our forecasts continue to indicate strong demand for Class 8 trucks over the next several years, continuing at or near the production rates we’ve seen over the last two years,” according to Jim Sweetnam, operations vice president for Eaton’s Heavy Duty Transmission and Clutch Divisions. “…A good portion of NAFTA commercial truck manufacturing is becoming located in Mexico, so it makes good geographic sense to manufacture our transmission there.”

Eaton Fuller 13- and 18-speed transmissions will be the plant’s main products.

Construction begins in the next 60 days, with initial production slated for the first quarter of 2001. The plant will be built in two phases: first with assembly capability and then with full manufacturing capabilities.

Other residents of San Luis Potosi include Cummins, Bosch, Valeo and Goodyear.

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