MORE than 100 new jobs are to be created as the Lear Corporation expands its Wearside site.
The U.S. firm is doubling the footprint of its Rainton Bridge plant, which produces foam for car seats.
The Corporation’s president of Europe and Africa, Gideon Jewel, has flown in to join Sunderland City Council leader coun Paul Watson for a ground-breaking ceremony taking place today.
“We worked closely with Sunderland city Council to bring Lear to the city in 2011 and they have strongly supported the extension of the plant,” said Mr Jewel.
The project has also received £500,000 funding from the Let’s Grow Regional Growth Fund.
The factory and its sister plant, which assembles car seats, now employ 420 people, with at least 100 more jobs to be created over the next three years as the factory increases production to meet its existing contracts with Nissan as well as new business with Jaguar Land Rover.
“The Sunderland workforce has a track record of productivity and efficiency and this has been an integral part of the decision to invest further in Sunderland,” said Mr Jewel.
Plant manager Jim Casey said: “This is an exciting time for the workforce and Lear’s decision to make this happen here is a testament to the capability of our employees, our networks and strong links to the city and its university.”