NORTHVILLE, Mich. — Fras-le North America Inc. announced Tuesday that it will begin producing heavy-duty lining at its friction manufacturing facility in Prattville, Ala.
This is the first time that Fras-le has produced heavy-duty brake lining in the U.S.
The company's $11 million expansion will add new equipment to its Prattville facility and will involve hiring nearly 100 employees in 2012 and 2013. Fras-le currently manufactures disc brake pads at the Prattville facility.
"We appreciate all the support we've received from officials in Prattville to help facilitate our company's expansion," said Daniel Randon, Fras-le CEO and president. "We are excited to be a part of bringing new jobs to the area."
Currently, Fras-le manufactures brake lining in Brazil for global distribution and in China for distribution in Europe and Asia. The addition of brake lining production in the U.S. will increase Fras-le's global capacity significantly, according to the company.
Fras-le brake pads and linings are available in the North American OE and aftermarket, as well as in more than 80 countries.