WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- New jobs are coming to Water Valley.
On Monday, auto parts supplier BorgWarner announced new jobs and its third expansion in just two years.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and others were given a rare look inside the plant of the global manufacturer.
"Mississippi is very much involved in automobile manufacturing, not only of the entire automobile but advanced portions of it that you will see in new fleets," Governor Bryant said.
The latest expansion will enable the company to produce a new ECO-Launch system.
"This is real state-of-the-art from a product technology point of view which is enabling our customers to get greater fuel economy and better emissions performance, and the equipment that we produce is very leading-edge and very special, special equipment," BorgWarner President and Chief Operating Officer James Verrier said.
Fifty new jobs will be added to 485 workers employed by BorgWarner at the Water Valley facility.
"We're very pleased for our people in the community and in the plant that the state of Mississippi has worked real close with BorgWarner in developing these new jobs," said Mayor Larry Hart. "We are indeed excited for our community and for our people."
"It's a tremendous boost for our county as far as the jobs and taxes and everything associated with it, but we're proud to see them growing, and we're gonna be a partner to them," Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors President Tommy Vaughn said.
"People don't think about a transmission as a portion of the automobile that can save fuel and enhance performance, but that's exactly what the new employees — 50 new employees here at the plant — will be doing in the future." Bryant added. "It's very exciting, and it sends a great message to the state of Mississippi that we've got the best workers in advanced manufacturing of anywhere in the world."
BorgWarner's customers include Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Honda and John Deere.