Manufacturer plans expansion

One of Johnson County’s biggest industrial employers plans to grow by making temporary workers permanent and adding new jobs.

NSK, which operates both the auto parts supplier NSK Corp. and the ball screw maker NSK Precision Americas in Franklin, plans to invest $30.2 million in both facilities on its 63-acre campus off U.S. 31 on the city’s north side. The company will hire 46 employees, mostly machine operators who would start out getting paid between $12 to $18 per hour.

The average wages are expected to be between $15.38 and $16.65, and the jobs include benefits, according to tax abatement paperwork filed with the city. Existing employees make an average of about $31 an hour at both plants.


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