2A to expand Auburn foundry, creating more than 50 jobs with $15M project

2A to expand Auburn foundry, creating more than 50 jobs with $15M project
Vincenzo Ilotte, president of Italy-based 2A, speaks in Auburn in 2015 when the family-owned company acquired and expanded an existing manufacturing operation. The company plans to add 50 jobs through a $15 million expansion announced today. (contributed)

Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that 2A S.p.A., a prominent Italian die-casting company, plans to invest $15 million to expand its foundry in Auburn, where it serves as a Tier 1 supplier to major producers of automobiles and heavy trucks.

The expansion project at 2A USA will create more than 50 jobs and double the Auburn facility’s current die-casting area.

“2A has earned a reputation for technical innovation, and its decision to expand its Alabama manufacturing operation is a testament to its skilled workforce in Auburn,” Ivey said.

“We’re thrilled that this first-class company is including Alabama in its growth plans.”

2A’s parent company, headquartered in Santena, near Turin, is Italy’s biggest privately owned high-pressure die-casting industrial company. It specializes in the die casting of large, complex aluminum components that are coated, machined, assembled and painted to meet customer requests.

In Europe, 2A produces parts for major automotive and truck manufacturers including Porsche, AlfaRomeo, Maserati and Volvo Trucks.

“My father Carlo founded 2A with a clear vision of a technology- and customer-driven die-casting company,” said Vincenzo Ilotte, president of the family-owned company. “We are very proud of our location in Auburn and plan to further grow our operation to serve our customers in the U.S.

“Without the great support from the State of Alabama and the City of Auburn, this would not have been possible.”

A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Jeep brand 2020 Gladiator Overland trim pickup truck is displayed during AutoMobility LA ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Fiat Chrysler is among the major companies supplied with parts by the 2A USA factory in Auburn. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Expanded capabilities

Die casting produces engineered metal parts by forcing molten metal under high pressure into reusable steel molds, called dies. The process allows for the production of highly accurate complex shapes that are easily replicated.

2A USA entered Alabama in 2014, when it acquired a plant operated by Aluminum Technology Schmid North America in Auburn Technology Park West. The company invested in state-of-the-art die casting and machining equipment at the facility, retaining 95 jobs.

As part of the expansion announced today, 2A will install new equipment capable of exerting pressures on dies of between 1,000 and 2,700 tons, as well as 4,500 tons, representing the largest standard high-pressure die-casting machines on the market. The first of these machines is scheduled to be operational in March 2020.

The company’s Auburn foundry serves original equipment manufacturers including FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Freightliner Trucks and engine maker Detroit Diesel Corp., with new customers expected to come on board.

“Alabama’s auto supply chain continues to grow in scope and sophistication as companies such as 2A expand their operations in the state,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“2A’s new investment not only positions its Auburn plant for job creation but also solidifies the company’s presence in the state.”

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders welcomed 2A’s expansion project in the fast-growing East Alabama city.

“With this expansion, 2A is bringing even higher-level technology to its already advanced operation here in Auburn,” Anders said. “We’re pleased that they have confidence in Auburn to make such a significant additional investment and look forward to their continued success as a leader in high-pressure die-casting.”

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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