Hanon Systems is to launch a new US manufacturing facility to support its growing business with global vehicle manufacturers.   

Located in North-West Ohio, the newly-leased facility is in the village of Carey, Wyandot County, around 70 miles (112km) from the Michigan border.    

"We are pleased to expand our presence in the US to capitalise on business growth in this region and we look forward to contributing to the local economy in Carey," said Hanon Systems president and CEO, In-Young Lee.

"As a global supplier, Hanon Systems is well-positioned to support global vehicle platforms from virtually anywhere in the world and this new facility will help deliver value-added capability at a location close to our customers."     

The facility includes around 95,000 square feet (around 8,825 square metres) of manufacturing space, with room for expansion.

Initially, the facility will injection mould and assemble eco-friendly heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) modules on a range of future model year vehicles for various global automakers. 

At full production, the company expects to employ nearly 140 hourly and salaried employees. 

The new Ohio facility will be the first plant to launch under the Hanon Systems name, which changed from Halla Visteon Climate Control (HVCC) in July 2015.

It also becomes the company's 40th global manufacturing site and is the first US plant to open since 2003, when the company established an operation in Shorter, Alabama.

Production at the Ohio facility is expected to start in mid-2017.