Mando Corp., a Seoul, Korea-based auto parts manufacturer, is to expand its presence in Meriwether County with a 117,000-square-foot facility to complement the activities of its current plant there.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Dec. 21 that the company is to invest $80 million in the facility supporting the company’s manufacture and assembly of electric power steering gear and electronic stability control modules.

Mando originally selected the Meriwether County Industrial Park site in the northwestern corner of the county including 44 acres in Troup County within the Hogansville city limits in 2011.

Once the new facility is built, Mando is expected to become the county’s largest employer with 1,000 jobs by 2020 including more than 600 jobs added to its current 400, according to the governor’s news release. 

The Meriwether County site is the company’s third location in the United States where it also has facilities in Opelika, Ala., and Plymouth, Mich.

Mando’s customers include Hyundai Motor Corp., Kia Motors Corp., Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co., among others.

The Korean HALLA Group owns Mando, which manufactures brake, steering, suspension and driver assist systems.

Its global sales revenue for 2012 is expected to exceed $5 billion with 8,900 employees worldwide, according to the release.

Besides Korea and the U.S., Mando has manufacturing and research and development locations in India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, Poland, Germany and Turkey.