Groundbreaking will take place on June 10, 2013 and the expansion is expected to be completed by October 2013. The company’s investment will be bringing 150 new jobs to the area.

Established in 2001 as a state-of-the art facility to provide premium leather to automotive manufacturers in Europe, Eagle Ottawa Szolnok will be adding cutting edge rollercoating technology to its current equipment. The facility finishes and cuts automotive leather and offers value-add operations such as custom leather perforation, lamination and embroidery, providing automakers the opportunity to further enhance their vehicle brands.

"Eagle Ottawa’s vision to be the most respected leather supplier in the world is directly reflected in the high levels of quality and service provided to customers. Our success in achieving this vision has been validated by a substantial increase in orders and we are proud to be able to grow the local team to answer the demand," said Bryn Kahrl, General Manager of Eagle Ottawa Szolnok.

Eagle Ottawa supplies BMW, Daimler, Ford, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Land Rover, Renault-Nissan, Smart and Toyota from Szolnok.

Eagle Ottawa is a global leading manufacturer of leather solutions for the automotive industry. Created in 1865, Eagle Ottawa has a longstanding heritage of blending traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan they have production facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Eagle Ottawa leathers are featured in over 100 vehicles globally.