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Grammer Inc. moving its headquarters from Hudson to Mississippi

Grammer AG has announced that it is moving its North American headquarters from Hudson to northeast Mississippi.

In a statement on its website posted Wednesday, Jan. 30, the German manufacturer of vehicle seats and car-interior components said the start of production at the Mississippi plant is scheduled for the end of 2014.

“By establishing the new site, Grammer AG will further increase its local presence in North America. With this new location Grammer can also optimize its internal value chain in the NAFTA region and can guarantee its customers a maximum of logistical flexibility,” the company said in the news release.

The statement seems to indicate that Hudson facility may remain open, while it will no longer serve as headquarters for Grammer AG's United States subsidiary, Grammer Inc.

“Together with its two large manufacturing facilities in Mexico, the automotive sales and engineering center in Troy, Michigan, the seating location in the north of the Unites States, the new location in Mississippi will excellently position Grammer in North America and support the company’s successful growth strategy in that market,” the news release says.

A call to the Hudson facility Wednesday afternoon ended in a manager’s voice mailbox. The call hasn’t been returned yet.

A report in The Clarion-Ledger newspaper of Jackson, Miss., Grammer is moving to manufacturing facility in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South near Tupelo, Miss.

The newspaper said the company will bring 650 jobs to the community and spend $30 million over five years on the facility.

David Rumbarger, the president of a Lee County, Miss., economic development agency, was reported to have said that the presence of four auto-manufacturing plants within a few hours’ drive from Tupelo influenced Grammer’s decision to locate there.

Toyota’s Blue Springs plant is about a half-hour away, northwest of Tupelo.

Grammer also makes parts for Mercedes Benz in Alabama, Volkswagen in Tennessee and BMW in South Carolina.

The Mississippi plant will make seats for agricultural-industry vehicles and long-haul trucks, plus interior components for cars, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is quoted as saying his state’s automotive industry has seen amazing growth in recent years.

“Grammer’s announcement further positions Mississippi as a key player in the Southern automotive corridor,” Bryant is reported to have said.

The Star-Observer will report on how the move of Grammer’s North American headquarters to Mississippi affects the Hudson plant when the news is available.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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