Nofs, Brown applaud news of 185 new Tenneco jobs

 LANSING — Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. plans to create 185 jobs in Calhoun, Hillsdale, Jackson and Monroe counties in the coming year, said state Sens. Mike Nofs and Cameron S. Brown.

Tenneco Automotive Operating Company plans to invest $15.6 million to consolidate its United States facilities to multiple sites in Michigan. The project will result in 185 direct jobs with an average weekly wage of $722 in the first year. The company also offers health care and plans to pay a portion of the benefit costs.

The company, which is receiving a Standard Employment Tax Credit valued at $1.8 million throughout the next seven years, will operate facilities in Grass Lake, Litchfield, Marshall and Monroe. Nebraska and Tennessee were also considered for the project.

“As a supplier to many of the world’s top automotive companies, I am pleased that Tenneco has chosen to consolidate its diesel emission control operations here in Michigan, and that this decision will likely lead to new jobs in Calhoun and Jackson counties,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “I think this speaks volumes about the quality of our workforce and reinforces the fact that Michigan is still a great place to design and build things.”

By 2017, it is estimated that these facilities will generate a total of 684 jobs and increase state revenues by $18 million.

“This is great news for our local economies as well as the entire state of Michigan,” said Brown, R-Fawn River Township. “I applaud Tenneco for choosing Michigan and the city of Litchfield for supporting this project.”

Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc., a subsidiary of Tenneco, Inc., manufactures emission control and ride control products for the automotive original equipment manufacturer market and aftermarket. The company’s customers include General Motors Corp., Ford, Chrysler, Daimler, Toyota, Tata Motors and several other firms.

Headquartered in Illinois, Tenneco had more than $4.6 billion in annual revenue in 2009. The company has locations across the world, including several facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Nebraska.

Tenneco currently has 1,461 employees in Michigan and more than 21,000 employees worldwide.