MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas – Key Safety Systems has opened a new plant in Matamoros and hired 600 employees to assemble parts such as steering wheels for BMW, General Motors, Ford, Jeep and Tesla vehicles.

The plan is to have 1,400 skilled workers by the first quarter of 2018. The plant has 120,000 square feet of covered space and sits on two hectares of land.

On behalf of Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, the Secretary of Economic Development, Carlos W. Talancón Ostos, thanked KSS executives for their confidence in investing in the state.

“KSS is one of the most successful companies in the world and is proud to be investing in Tamaulipas. It means more progress, welfare and development for thousands of workers on the border,” Talancón Ostos said.

He said KSS has a hundred years of experience and is a pioneer in the design, development and specialized manufacture of automotive safety systems. “It has a worldwide presence with sales, engineering, processing and manufacturing facilities to highly competitive standards.”

Talancón Ostos said KSS’s decision to invest in Tamaulipas proves the state has legal certainty and public security. “It shows we are advancing positively the economic impulse of Tamaulipas.”

Among those attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony were Ariel Longoria, the KSS operations director for Latin America; Manuel Coronel, the plant manager; Heriberto Valle, director of human resources, and Matamoros Mayor Jesus of the Garza Diaz del Guante.

According to its website, KSS is a “global leader in the system integration and performance of safety-critical components to the automotive and non-automotive markets serving the active safety, passive safety and specialty product sectors.” It says that through highly specialized design, development, and manufacturing, KSS’s technology is featured in more than 300 vehicle models produced by over 60 well-diversified customers worldwide.

KSS is headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with a global network of 32 sales, engineering and manufacturing facilities. The company has five main technical centers located in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.