Sept. 1, 2010

Magna Exteriors and Interiors announces an expansion in Lenoir. The company is expected to create 327 new jobs in three locations, including 134 jobs at the Lenoir location and $8 million in new equipment installation. The Canada-based company is the largest automotive supplier in North America. Magna is expanding a product line to include composite parts for bathroom and air conditioning units in addition to their traditional automotive parts. The company will have operations in Caldwell, Catawba and Rowan counties. The Lenoir location will focus on manufacturing parts for Ford, General Motors, Volvo, Trane and Aquatic Industries.