Germany-Based xperion Breaks Ground on First U.S. Facility in Columbus Region

November 14, 2013

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Columbus, OH – xperion, a Germany-based automotive components manufacturer, broke ground today on a new, 50,000-square-foot facility in the Columbus Region to house its first U.S. manufacturing and sales presence. The company’s more than $6.3 million total investment will include the addition of 59 jobs over the next three years.

“The Columbus Region is an ideal location for our new U.S. facility because of its strong reputation in the manufacturing sector, and also its proximity to key automotive customers,” said Roland Schillo, Avanco, the parent company of xperion. “We look forward to growing our operations and workforce in Licking County.”

A subsidiary of Avanco’s Energy & Environment (E&E) division, xperion’s Columbus Region facility will focus on the production of composite automotive tanks for the compressed natural gas (CNG) sector. The facility is located within the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center in Heath. Licking County- based Southgate Corporation is the builder.

“xperion’s decision to open a new U.S. facility in Heath speaks to the Region’s ability to attract global companies and provide the right mix of customer and workforce access,” said Dan Evers, director of economic development, GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation. “These committed jobs are a welcome addition to Licking County, and we hope to grow that number even more by facilitating xperion’s success.”

The company will add to Licking County’s strong manufacturing landscape, joining key employers including Anomatic Corporation, Owens Corning Corporation, and Kaiser Aluminum. xperion’s commitment of 59 jobs represents $2 million in new payroll, with positions primarily focused on production.

“The cutting-edge technology xperion brings with this project furthers Ohio’s position as a leading supplier of compressed natural gas vessels to the rapidly growing markets in North and South America,” said John Minor, president and chief investment officer, JobsOhio. “Landing xperion for Ohio was a collaborative effort with our regional partner Columbus 2020 along with partners at the local level.”


About xperion
A subsidiary of Avanco Group, Germany-based xperion Energy & Environment is a leading expert in the development and production of tailor-made components of fiber composites for the compressed natural gas industry. For more information, visit

About GROW Licking County
Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation is a non-profit organization with a board of directors from both the public and private sectors serving as the main economic development agency for all of Licking County and its municipalities. Our mission is to provide a single, comprehensive resource to help business expand or relocate to our area. We are the front door of the community – welcoming development, connecting resources and increasing opportunities to simplify success for our business partners. For more information, visit

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private corporation led by business experts who are focused on driving job creation, new capital investment, and economic growth for Ohio. Our success is tied to the JobsOhio Network, a partnership of regional economic development organizations with deep ties to their local business communities. Together, we work with businesses to help find the partners, sites, and financial resources they need to meet their strategic goals. For more information, visit

About Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 is a public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world’s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit

Kenny McDonald

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