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The Italy-based auto parts manufacturer plans to bring hundreds of jobs to the Roanoke Valley when it opens its first U.S. location in Botetourt County. More from WFIR’s Ian Price.

(Continue reading to view a news release from Governor McAuliffe’s office)

From Governor McAuliffe’s office: ELDOR Corporation, an international group leader in the automotive business, will invest about $75 million to establish its first U.S. production plant in Botetourt County. The project will create approximately 350 new jobs. The company’s key manufactured products include ignition systems, engine control units, braking systems actuators, and power/electronics management systems for hybrid and electric vehicles . The Governor met with the company founder at their headquarters in Italy during his June 2015 European Marketing Mission , following an initial meeting at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C.

Speaking at today’s announcement at an event in Botetourt, Governor McAuliffe said, “This tremendous project is a significant win for the Commonwealth and for Botetourt County. The decision by an international company of ELDOR Corporation’s caliber to choose Virginia for its first U.S. production plant is a strong testament to our business environment, workforce and strategic location. Both the advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors are booming in the Commonwealth, and ELDOR will be a great asset to the growing industry cluster in the Roanoke Valley. This is the type of project we are working to attract, bringing hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs that help us to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”

  “The Commonwealth continues to catalyze job opportunities by attracting global companies to establish operations here,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “We thank ELDOR for its investment in Botetourt County and the region, and we look forward to seeing the company’s future growth.”

 Headquartered in Orsenigo, Como, Italy, ELDOR Corporation is a leading company in the research, development and production of ignition coils, engine control units and combustion management systems based on the analysis of ionic currents, as well as of electric systems for hybrid and electric applications. ELDOR combines technical innovation with the highest standard of quality, anticipating market needs and trends in the area of expertise, and introducing itself to clients as a partner in the development and delivery of innovative new solutions, customized and advanced. ELDOR is constantly contributing to environment preservation, as technologically advanced electric systems are developed for hybrid and electric applications. The company has three Research & Development operations in Italy, production plants in Italy, Turkey, China and Brazil, and technical offices in the U.S., China and Germany.

“Virginia is particularly business-oriented, with its pro-business laws, Port of Virginia access, logistics and infrastructure,”  said Pasquale Forte, President & CEO of ELDOR Corporation. “We found a community of genuine and collaborative people, focused on supporting investment in a practical way and with great commitment. The community has welcomed us with a professional attitude, but also with respect and friendship. We found top-class universities and a great community college, with programs dedicated to the mechatronics sector that will grow excellent young engineers with the skills necessary to run ELDOR’s advanced automated lines. Finally, the Roanoke Valley is a beautiful region with natural beauty and quality of life. I am confident that people who come to our plant from around the world will be amazed by this beauty. Technology, passion, dreams: this is ELDOR and we are confident that Virginia – and the County of Botetourt in particular – is the best choice to carry on, with passion, this dream.”