Fras-le North America Inc. will begin producing heavy-duty lining at its friction manufacturing facility in Prattville, Ala—the first time that Fras-le has produced heavy-duty brake lining in the U.S.
The US $11 million investment will expand the company’s capabilities to supply lining to its customer base for commercial vehicle business in North America. The company's expansion will add new equipment to its Prattville facility and will involve hiring nearly 100 employees in 2012 and 2013.
Currently, Fras-le manufactures brake lining in Brazil for global distribution and in China for distribution in Europe and Asia. The addition of brake lining production in the U.S. will increase Fras-le's global capacity significantly. Fras-le currently manufactures disc brake pads at the Prattville facility.
"Our announcement today demonstrates our expanded commitment to the North American market and our desire to grow the business even more,” said Daniel Randon, Fras-le CEO and president. "We appreciate all the support we've received from officials in Prattville to help facilitate our company's expansion. We are excited to be a part of bringing new jobs to the area."