Editorial: Automaker’s expansion brightens area economy

While the economic recovery appears to be only crawling forward, there are occasional bright spots.

A Franklin auto parts maker is adding 73 manufacturing jobs in order to start making turbochargers, or devices that boost an engine’s power.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Climate Control in Franklin plans to hire 73 employees as part of a $12 million expansion and could add even more positions over time, president Tetsuzo Ukai said. The company will start hiring next year for jobs that are expected to pay $20 to $22 an hour, including benefits.

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