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Roanoke supplier to get $4.66 million investment, 160 jobs

Auto supplier Ground Effects LLC plans to invest $4.66 million in a Roanoke factory that will create up to 160 new jobs by 2017, state and local officials said today.

The Ontario, Canada-based company produces spray-in bed liners for pickup trucks.

The leased 40,000-square-foot facility at 13204 Aboite Road will supply bed liners and other accessories to the nearby General Motors Co. plant.

GM, which employs more than 3,600 on three production shifts, assembles Silverado and Sierra pickups in a facility near Roanoke. The Detroit-based automaker is investing $275 million in equipment and construction to outfit its Allen County plant to build the next-generation models. The plant is now closed for that conversion.

Gov. Mike Pence praised the investment.

“The automotive industry fuels Indiana’s economy through investments from innovative companies like Ground Effects,” he said in a statement.

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