Clinton's SL America will add 100 jobs to Anderson County

11:27 PM, Apr 12, 2012   |    comments
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A Clinton auto parts manufacturer will be adding one 100 jobs in the next few months.

A CL America spokesman told 10News they will add the positions to an expanded facility. The increase is to help exports gear shift mechanisms and exterior lights. The plant creates parts for a number of car makes, including Volkswagen and General Motors.

The news comes as new car sales are on the increase, according to the U.S. Census.

"The average car is 10 years old, and some are a lot older and they wear out at this point. So people are going in desperate," said Maryville College Economics Professor Dr. Scott Brugner.

There has been a 1.1 million new car increase in 2010, according to the Census- 11.7 million from 10.6 million one year prior.

Some local car dealers said they've seen the increase in business in recent months. The problem: trying to keep up with demand.

"I think we've caught the factories unaware because they've been unable to keep up with the demand," said Rusty Wallace Kia Morristown's Jon Miles.

He said this isn't a local trend- the supply/demand pull is going on across the country.

"The factories are responding but in the meantime, we are responding," Miles added.

Dr. Brugner said to reach pre-recession sale numbers, it'll take several years before the car sales return to normal. He said the auto part job additions in Clinton is a start to get to that goal.

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