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Automotive seating plant could mean 400 jobs for Shelby Co.

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Faurecia plant in Louisville (Faurecia website) Faurecia plant in Louisville (Faurecia website)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Worldwide manufacturing giant Faurecia is considering opening an automotive seating plant employing 410 people in Simpsonville, according to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

The authority approved Faurecia's application for $3 million in economic development incentives form the state and Shelby County on Thursday. The company will claim the money over five years if it follows through the with plan.

Faurecia (pronounced FAR-SEE-AH) would invest $18.7 million in the new plant, according to KEDFA documents.

Faurecia supplies auto manufacturers with components that go into their vehicles during assembly.

It already has a plant producing automotive interior systems on Stanley Gault Parkway in eastern Jefferson County and an emissions control technologies plant on East Indian Trail.

Tony Sapienza, a Faurecia spokesman, said Thursday that the company is "exploring the potential" of adding a facility in the Louisville area, but he would not elaborate or comment on other potential locations for the work.

The new plant in Simpsonville would have 226 jobs at first, expanding to 410 in the second year of operation, according to KEDFA. The jobs would pay an average hourly wage of $27, a figure that includes the value of employee benefits.

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