CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- NGK Sparkplugs announced it will expand again at its plant near Sissonville.
The company announced Tuesday that it will build an 11,000-square-foot expansion to its oxygen sensor plant. NGK said it hopes to award a construction contract in January, begin construction in February, install an assembly line in September and start production before the end of next year.
The expansion is expected to create 20 to 24 jobs, the company said.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller said in a prepared statement, "I was very proud to help bring NGK to West Virginia -- and I'm even prouder that they've been able to thrive here, expand their workforce and continue to drive the local and state economies forward.
"This new expansion reaffirms what I know to be true: West Virginia has the best workers in the world. I know that the team members at NGK will be able to handle anything sent their way and I thank the company for continually putting their faith in us."
Since Wheeling Nisshin came to Follansbee in 1986, Rockefeller has helped bring 21 Japanese companies to West Virginia. NGK's announcement Tuesday marks its fourth expansion at Sissonville.