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NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc.



NGK Spark Plugs

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Project Type:
Expansion
Location: Kanawha County
NGK Spark Plugs (USA) Inc., is a division of NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd., of Nagoya, Japan. With operations in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, South America and North America, NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd., is an international manufacturer and supplier of high-quality automotive components and ceramic products. NGK established the West Virginia oxygen sensor operations in 1994. The campus now encompasses an expanded sensor facility, the North American distribution center and, as of May 2008, a spark plug manufacturing facility.

NGK’s customer base includes the Big Three automakers: Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, as well as Toyota, Honda and Nissan. Customer recognition for the outstanding quality of our products, based on TS16949:2002 international quality standards, has resulted in significant growth since initial West Virginia development. With technologically-enhanced products and new product lines planned for the future, additional West Virginia development is anticipated.

On-going work force training ensures that necessary skills and technological advances are incorporated into everyday operations for competitive advantage. The GGWFP provided support for a variety of training for the West Virginia company population. Spark plug associate training, management skill enhancement and equipment/technological improvement training were completed during 2007.

The GGWFP supplemented training funds for the new line of business brought to the campus and region. Augmenting current skills facilitates a business’s ability to remain competitive. Continuous training at all organization levels is a critical factor that contributes to competitive advantage.

Support provided by the GGWFP enhances NGK’s continued efforts to remain globally competitive while expanding the business and associates’ professional futures.

Robert Pepper, director of manufacturing administration, stated, “West Virginia’s willingness to support the training that NGK provides to its associates creates a “win – win” opportunity: NGK continues to improve its manufacturing performance by increasing the skill level of its associates, thus creating opportunities for more jobs and improved state employment levels.”
“West Virginia’s willingness to support the training that NGK provides to its associates creates a “win – win” opportunity: NGK continues to improve its manufacturing performance by increasing the skill level of its associates, thus creating opportunities for more jobs and improved state employment levels.”

Robert Pepper,
Director of Manufacturing Administration