Auto parts manufacturer plans Lathrop plant, 100 jobs

A South Korean company – Simwon America Corp. – has selected Lathrop as the location for its first manufacturing plant in the United States.
The auto parts manufacturer is locating in the old Medline Distribution Center on D’Arcy Parkway right in the heart of Lathrop’s commercial and light industrial hub right behind the Tesla Facility.
While details about the corporation – which only filed its paperwork with the California Secretary of State last year – are scare, speculation points to their operation potentially supplying Tesla with parts which would make it the first supporting business that has located to the area to support the electric car and battery manufacturer that came to Lathrop in 2014.
According to Lathrop City Manager Steve Salvatore, the company could potentially employ up to 100 people through a variety of phases of construction and implementation of equipment suited for making car parts.
The announcement reinforces the city’s position as a viable alternative for Bay Area companies that are looking to expand manufacturing operations but don’t way to pay exorbitant prices for land in an area that caters almost specifically to white collar workers.
“We have us and Manteca and Tracy that are kind of the gateways to the Bay Area, and it’s a lot more cost-effective to locate here in terms of land value and the fees associated with coming in,” Salvatore said. “And while the workforce that they’re looking for isn’t as robust in the Bay Area, we have people here that can do those types of jobs.”
While it may have seemed far-fetched to position Lathrop and other communities in the South County as an alternative to Bay Area operations for some of the country’s most recognizable companies, Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal says that the Simwon announcement reinforces the position of the council to try and attract jobs that will prevent local residents from having to drive over the Altamont to find work suitable for sustaining a…

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