Bet Zera-based Arkal Plastic Products will establish a manufacturing facility to produce plastic parts for the automotive industry in Auburn, Alabama. The Israeli-based company will open its first US manufacturing operation under the name of ARKAL Automotive USA, Inc. in a brand new 32,000 square foot facility in Auburn Technology Park West with future expansion plans of up to 110,000 square feet. The building is currently under construction and anticipated for completion this month. In the first phase of this project, the new company location will result in an investment of approximately $7.2 million and 25 jobs.
“For the last two years ARKAL has collaborated in a partnership with another Auburn-based company. Business at both companies apparently is strong enough to enable both companies to expand beyond that partnership,” explained Mayor Bill Ham.
ARKAL Automotive, a division of ARKAL Plastic Products, was founded in 1997, and since then, ARKAL has developed a worldwide reputation for design excellence, utilizing state-of-the-art engineering, advanced thermoplastic technologies, and the latest developments in high-quality materials to produce affordable, durable long-life products. ARKAL Automotive headquarters is located in the Northern part of Israel, and is the second company from Israel, Electric Fuel being the first, to start a manufacturing operation in Auburn.
“The pro-business attitude and valuable input provided by the Auburn economic development team made the difference over other locations that we evaluated. We are looking for a long and good relationship with Auburn that will support our strategy of growing in this area,” said Ram Drori, General Manager of ARKAL Automotive Plastic.