Serving all major European automotive manufacturers, Lear’s new facility will employ approximately 1500 people, with an emphasis on seating surface materials including cutting and sewing capability.

“With Lear’s continued growth, we are pleased to locate our new plant in Iasi, known as a major center for the textile industry,” said Gideon Jewel, Lear’s President for Seating in Europe and Africa. “We also appreciate the cooperation of all involved as Lear adds a fourth facility in Romania.”

The Iasi plant will add to Lear’s Romanian workforce, which has a significant presence in Pitesti and Campulung. “We have been encouraged by the dedication and effort of our existing employees,” said Raffael Gagliardi, Lear’s Vice President of European Trim and Foam. “We look forward to adding employees who appreciate joining the world leader in luxury and performance seating.” The company has been operating three plants in Romania for its electrical distribution systems business.

It is unclear from the press statement from Lear if the new site will also include leather interior applications.