A Japanese bearings manufacturer plans to build a new plant in Tennessee where it will produce automotive bearings, starting early next year. Miyake Forging will invest $13.7 million in a plant at Surgoinsville, in northeastern Tennessee, for the company’s first North American operation.

Miyake Forging has two plants in Japan and another in Thailand. Its operations produce a variety of bearings using hot and cold forging, heat treating, lathe turning, and finish machining.

The company has not indicated what operations will be performed at the Tennessee plant. It has committed to establish 60 jobs at the 45,000-sq.ft. operation.

“I have a great feeling about opening our new facility in Hawkins County,” stated Miyake Forging North America President Akitoshi Fujikawa, at a groundbreaking event staged earlier this month. “At Miyake, we are very happy to expand our business in the United States of America. We are extremely thankful to all of the people who helped make this happen.”