Wednesday, June 9, 2010

LKQ Corp. to expand Nashville facility, add 230 jobs

Chicago-based auto-parts maker LKQ Corp. said Tuesday that it would create up to 230 jobs at its Grassmere Park facility in Nashville in an expansion that also will bring $1.2 million in new capital investment.
LKQ, which in 2007 bought Keystone Automotive Industries, supplies collision-repair parts to auto dealerships and body shops through the United States.

The Nashville expansion results from the company's decision to consolidate its four regional accounting centers across the nation into a single location. Now occupying 35,000 square feet, the facility will be expanded to 50,000 square feet to accommodate a new financial services center, the company said.

"The new center will become part of our Nashville-based corporate support facility," said John Quinn, LKQ's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We appreciate the level of interest and commitment offered by the city of Nashville and state of Tennessee."

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He praised Nashville for "its favorable pro-business environment, geographic centrality and great people."

Working to recruit LKQ's expanded operation were the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's Partnership 2010 team, the Mayor's Office, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and TVA economic development representatives.

"LKQ's decision to expand its operations in Nashville is a great economic development win for our city," Mayor Karl Dean said.

The company will transfer some employees from other locations and will hire new workers for accounting, information technology and payroll jobs. Employment inquiries can be sent to, the company said.

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