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Valeo to expand engineering force in Seymour

Valeo is planning to add 36 engineers to the company's research and development division in Seymour.

The auto components company, which makes lighting products for the automotive industry at the Seymour plant, unveiled the expansion plans yesterday. Gavin Warner, the R&D director for the company's Lighting Systems North America, said the engineers would be working in all phases of the development of new lighting products.

"These are from the different disciplines that we showed today, such as optical engineers, mechanical engineers, electronic engineers, quality engineers, process and materials engineers," Warner said.

"We are adding these because we are developing, we are growing. We have grown 20 percent in the last two years and we have a future growth pattern, that we need to have more engineers to help us build for that future."

The company has more than doubled its presence in Seymour since 2012 to more than 1750 employees and produces about 30,000 units a day.

Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman was impressed by the technology on display at the announcement event, held in Columbus at Hotel Indigo.

"(I am) just astonished at the new technology in the last couple of years that has come out, compared to two, three, four, five years ago," Luedeman said. "It is just unbelievable the advancements they are making and how they are bringing so much technology to Seymour that is off the charts."

The company displayed some of its new innovations in lighting including headlights powered by lasers and an adapative lighting system that will allow cars to automatically protect oncoming drivers from highbeams without sacrificing the brightness or range of the headlights.

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:15:02 AM

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