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Mahle Engine Components, USA, in St. Johns. (Photo: Lansing State Journal file photo/Rod Sanford)

ST JOHNS — A longtime auto parts supplier in St. Johns is expanding. 

MAHLE Engine Components USA plans to invest $2.9 million and create 25 new jobs in its facility at 916 W. State St. 

After closing down a facility in Pennsylvania, MAHLE will make air conditioning units, fluid exchange systems, nitrogen tire inflation systems and other products at the facility in St. Johns. Production is expected to begin by the end of 2019, according to a news release from the company. 

The St. Johns facility currently makes piston rings. 

State Rep. Graham Filler, who represents the 93rd District, said MAHLE has been an important and stable employer in the area. 

“I’m very bullish on

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