Aisin Holdings of America Inc. recently indicated plans to expand its Clinton, TN, aluminum diecasting operation. The reported $53.8-million project would take place over the coming two years, and would add 81 new jobs. Details of the expansion were not made clear.

Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. was announced in 2003 and expanded in 2005.

The current, 524,000-sq.ft. operation employs 595 workers. The plant casts, machines, and assembles a range of automotive engine components, including timing chain covers, oil and water pumps, front-engine covers, and pistons.

“With the increasing sales of engine components in North America, the role of our plant here in Clinton becomes even more important to the overall business expansion of the Aisin group,” according to Stephen Barnes, president of Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc., as quoted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  The company has not issued its own announcement

Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee is a unit of Aisin Holdings of America Inc., which is itself a subsidiary of Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., a Tier One automotive supplier based in Japan, with numerous automotive suppliers in its global portfolio.

In addition to the Tennessee aluminum casting operation, the North American group includes Aisin Automotive Casting LLC in London, KY, and Intat Precision Inc. in Rushville, IN.