Martinrea Automotive Structures (USA), Inc. announced today the Phase IV expansion to its automotive stamping facility in Tupelo/Lee Industrial Park South. The Phase IV project will mean an additional $7.7 million investment and is expected to create approximately 50 new jobs for Lee County. The 53,000 square foot expansion will add additional crane bay capacity and tool and die storage for new production capacity. “We appreciate the continued investment and trust in our labor force from Martinrea,” said Darrell Rankin, president, Lee County Board of Supervisors. “Now, with their fourth expansion underway, Lee County is honored to have such a company like Martinrea, with their international status, as part of our family of industries in Tupelo/Lee Industrial Park South.“ Northeast Mississippi’s first tier-one automotive supplier, formerly known as Thyssenkrupp Fabco, initial production started at the facility in August 2003. The Phase II expansion in 2004 more than doubled their employment with an additional $20 million investment. Phase III added a 46, 000 square foot stamping press and crane bay building, with a $15 million investment, bringing the total building size to over 146,000 square feet. In December 2006, Martinrea purchased Thyssenkrupp Automotive. “CDF greatly appreciates Martinrea’s confidence in our community and workforce to continue to add jobs for our region,” stated Chris Rogers, chairman, Community Development Foundation. Martinrea International, Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is a global leader in the production of quality metal parts, assemblies, and modules, and of fluid management systems. Martinrea is a tier-one automotive supplier, as well as a supplier to other industry sectors. The company employs over 5,000 people in 32 different divisions in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Europe.