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NGK plans to modify Kanawha County plant to produce after-market spark plugs


A Japanese auto parts manufacturer is making plans to expand its West Virginia operations.

Pocatalico-based NGK Spark Plugs received approval Thursday from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to help finance the expansion with up to $20 million in revenue bonds for what’s called Project Cardinal.

NGK, which has operated its West Virginia plant since 1995, is planning to manufacture spark plugs for the after-market.

NGK Attorney Ellen Maxwell-Hoffman told the EDA the company has been successful in producing spark plugs and oxygen sensors for new vehicles through agreements with automakers but it’s now the after-market that is growing.

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