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Press Release: 126 Jobs, $22 million Investment Coming to Ripley

Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 11:55 AM

Quaprotek will bring 126 Jobs, $22 million in investment to our area.
Ripley, TN -- State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) is pleased to welcome Quaprotek USA's announcement of a new factory to be located in Ripley.

"This has been a long time coming," said Rep. Fitzhugh. "Many people have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen. Mayor Rod Schuh, Mayor John Paveletic, our county commissioners, city aldermen, the chamber of commerce and our community banks have all put in the work that has now paid off big for Lauderdale County."

Quaproteck USA is a German manufacturing company that builds metal parts for cars, engines and power trains. The company's decision to relocate to Lauderdale County will bring 126 jobs and a $22 million dollar investment to Ripley.

"I'm very pleased with our company's decision to make Tennessee our newest home," Klaus Kielwein, general manager of Quaprotek USA said. "I'm convinced our Ripley location will become an important asset in meeting the needs of our customers."

Quaprotek will begin operating out of the Volz Road building in Ripley, while outfitting the 63,000 square foot Spec Building on Highland Street, which will serve as the company's permanent location. The Ripley facility is expected to employ 126 people, with the majority of those jobs opening up in 2012.

"People want to work; the jobs simply aren't there. What this project shows is that when local government, state government, community groups and the private sector work together, jobs are created and the people reap the benefit. I'm proud to have been part of this endeavor and I look forward to more companies coming to West Tennessee in the future," said Fitzhugh.

Those interested in applying for positions with Quaprotek USA should contact the Tennessee Career Center in Ripley at 731-635-3479.

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