NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - SMW Automotive will open a plant at Shelbyville and Tennessee officials say the $26 million capital investment will create 170 jobs over five years.

Gov. Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced on Thursday the global auto supplier's 131,000-square foot project in Bedford County.

A spokeswoman for the Michigan-based supplier of automotive chassis and suspension parts referred questions to Tennessee officials.

A statement says SMW supplies parts for companies such as Nissan and Volkswagen.

Applications for production jobs will be accepted immediately at the Tennessee Career Center in Shelbyville. Production is scheduled to start this fall.

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