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Japanese auto parts maker to add 200 NC jobs

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A Japanese auto parts manufacturer plans to add more assembly lines and hire another 200 workers at an existing North Carolina factory by the end of 2016.

Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Wednesday that ASMO North America's Greenville plant already employs more than 530 people who produce parts for front wipers and for radiator fan motors. The products are used by Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and BMW.

The state Commerce Department said the subsidiary of ASMO Co. Ltd. could receive tax breaks and other incentives from state and local governments worth up to $8.3 million if it meets hiring and other targets.

Average salaries for the new jobs will be $34,600, compared to the average annual Pitt County wage of $33,800.