AW North Carolina announced today that it would again expand operations in Durham County at its Treyburn facility. The automotive transmission components manufacturer plans to create 56 jobs and invest over $112 million in Durham. This is AW North Carolina’s sixth expansion in Durham County.

“Durham County is truly fortunate to have AW North Carolina expand and grow in our community,” said Fred Foster, chairman of the Durham County Board of Commissioners. “AW North Carolina’s presence has provided tremendous opportunity for Durham residents and we look forward to its continued success.”

The Durham County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved $900K in incentives to the company.

AW North Carolina is a subsidiary of Aisin AW Co., Ltd., a major global automatic transmission manufacturer located in Anjo City, Japan.  The company’s first North American production facility was established in Durham in 1998. The company provides products for automotive leaders, including Toyota, GM, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Isuzu and Volkswagen.

“The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is proud to have worked with AW North Carolina since its location to Durham in 1998 and the company’s ascension has been inspiring,” said Michael Schoenfeld, chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “AW North Carolina helped to transform and breathe new life into Durham’s manufacturing base, transitioning us to a more technology-oriented production process.”

At its Durham operations, AW North Carolina produces transmission components including torque converters, oil pumps, clutch assemblies and stamped parts as well as fully assembled automatic transmissions.  AW North Carolina currently employs more 1,600 employees in Durham.

 “Since the beginning, Durham Technical Community College has worked with AW North Carolina to provide both pre-employment and customized job training for its team members that has allowed the company to achieve its zero-defect policy and meet its production goals. We continue to work with the company to identify skill benchmarks required for new jobs and to provide training for new hires,” said Dr. Bill Ingram, president of Durham Technical Community College. “Durham Tech was recently awarded a North Carolina Back-To-Work grant that supports a new training initiative to prepare residents to work in manufacturing, resulting in an industry-recognized credential or certification that will be of value to companies such as AW North Carolina.”

Partners that helped with the project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, and the Durham County Board of Commissioners, Durham Technical Community College, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and the Durham Joblink Center.

For more information about AW North Carolina, including job opportunities, go to www.aw-nc.com.