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The Forsyth County division of an Italian company is planning a major expansion.

Representatives of Motovario held a “soft” groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at a site on Bluegrass Lake Parkway in south Forsyth.

Motovario has had a local division for the past 11 years. The company produces a range of power transmissions products such as gears and motors.

Currently, the company’s United States headquarters is in a leased building on Curie Drive.

Local Motovario President James Suh said company employees are excited about the new facility.

“The new building will be almost double the size of the current site,” he said.

Kimberly Tech of Garrard Construction, which will be building the facility, said the project will begin soon.

“We’re expecting to get our permit from the county finalized this week and begin work on Monday,” she said.

She said construction should take about a year to complete.

Suh said the new $3.5 million facility will allow the company to add several new jobs over the course of the next few years.

“Right now we have 22 employees,” he said. “We’ve grown about 35 percent this year and we hope to max out at around 50 to 60 employees. Of course that will be over the next five to six years.”

Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said Motovario was one of the first international businesses to locate a U.S. division in Forsyth County.

“Their role in our community has been great,” he said. “They’re one of the initial international companies who came here and they’ve really helped that sector to expand.”