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Eaton to Receive $6 Million Investment to Expand Production

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Kearney's Eaton facility is receiving a $6 million investment to expand valve production, something that could bring a few more jobs to the area.

Eaton announced Thursday that a joint venture with U.S. Engine Valve and Nittan Valve Company will bring in $40 million for expansion of manufacturing facilities in Kearney and South Carolina.

Up to 150 new jobs are expected to be created with the $40 million total investment, though most of those will be created at the South Carolina USEV facility.

Global regulations for fuel economy and carbon–dioxide emissions are leading auto makers to invest in new technologies, the reason behind the large investment in these facilities.

Suppliers such as USEV and Eaton are being asked to develop and manufacture materials that will be used in new engine platforms.

"The continued growth of our engine valve business is indicative of the trust our customers have placed in us and the quality products Eaton produces," said Eaton plant manager Kristina Baldwin.

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