Tower Automotive adding 25 jobs

January 17th, 2019

By Dave Kurtz | KPC Media - The Star

Tower Automotive’s Auburn plant leads its company in safety, quality and charitable giving, its plant manager told an Auburn Common Council committee Tuesday night.

Mike Morton also came to say the plant is adding robotic equipment and 25 jobs to make parts for a customer’s sport-utility vehicles.

The company is asking for property-tax incentives on a $6.55 million investment in robotic assembly cells and improvements to its factory on West 15th Street.

The council’s three-member Tax Phase-in Committee voted unanimously to recommend a tax abatement to the full council. The first vote on a five-year tax reduction is expected at the Feb. 5 meeting.

Tower opened its Auburn plant in 1986, Morton said. It now employs 146 full-time workers, plus 14 temporary-status workers.

Of that workforce, two dozen people have been there more than 30 years, 43 percent have 15 years or more, and more than 80 percent exceed five years in seniority.

‘That’s something that’s unique to Tower-Auburn,” Morton said about the longevity.

The plant has gone 12 months without a recorded injury, he added.

“We’re at the very top of the industry for our safety record … and we lead the corporation,” Morton said.