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For release: June 10, 2008

NGK Opens Third U.S. Plant

Wixom, MI – NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. held a grand opening ceremony on Monday, May 19th for its third United States’ manufacturing plant, located in Sissonville, near Charleston, WV.

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NGK Spark Plug assembly line equipment at new Sissonville, W.Va., manufacturing facility.

NGK invested a total of $20 million in this 85,000 square foot plant. The plant will have a capacity of 20 million spark plugs for original and replacement equipment markets in the U.S., and is expected to provide more than 80 jobs new.  Two manufacturing lines are slated to begin producing plugs in July, 2008. 

Shinichi Odo, President and CEO of NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), said the plant will further strengthen NGK’s global network and better position the company to service its North American manufacturing customers.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, Senator Jay Rockefeller and Representative Shelley Moore Capito along with several NGK Spark Plugs executives addressed the audience that included over 300 NGK Spark Plug employees who work in the Sissonville plants.

Since 1936, NGK Spark Plugs has been the world leader in technology, innovation, and world-class quality in the design of spark plugs and oxygen sensors. Today, NGK manufactures NGK Spark Plugs and NTK Oxygen Sensors for virtually every automotive manufacturer in the world.

NGK has built a reputation for quality and reliability, and a commitment to excellence continues to be the driving force behind the company’s advanced research and development programs. With state-of-the-art manufacturing, inventory, and distribution facilities, NGK is dedicated to providing customers with world-class products and services.

In addition to serving OE automotive and aftermarket customers, NGK also produces spark plugs for motorcycle, powersports, marine and small engine manufacturers. NGK also offers complimentary product lines including resistor caps, spark plug wires, and high performance cables.

In North America, NGK is headquartered in Wixom, MI and maintains manufacturing, inventory, and distribution facilities in Irvine, CA, Sissonville, WV, and Chicago, IL.

Our Mission:
"We improve life through the environmentally responsible manufacture and precise application of advanced ceramic technologies for all of North America.  Focused on innovation and teamwork, we contribute to local and global economic growth by matching our products to our customers' visions each day, exceeding their expectations in quality, value, service and performance."



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