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Hanon Systems, an automotive thermal solutions specialist, announced plans to launch a new US factory to support its growing business with global vehicle manufacturers.

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

The facility includes approximately 95,000 sq ft (approximately 8,825 sq m) of manufacturing space, with room for expansion based on business needs. Initially, the facility will injection mould and assemble 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 begin in mid-2017.

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