RICHMOND - Israel-based Omen USA says it will expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond and create up to 200 jobs by 2022. The auto supplier plans to invest more than $15 million to boost production in Wayne County.

Omen already employs about 100 in Indiana. The company says it will expand its 76,000 square-foot facility by an additional 21,000 square feet and add new production lines. It says growing demand from auto equipment manufacturers in the U.S. and Germany led to the expansion plans. Omen plans to begin hiring for all levels of manufacturing positions in the spring.

Omen Casting Group has been in operation since 1946 and has operations in Israel, Portugal and Indiana. The company makes aluminum parts for the auto industry. Omen finalized plans to operate in Richmond in 2016. Since then, says Omen USA Executive Vice President Doug Baldwin, "Indiana's business climate and the skilled local workforce have allowed Omen to ramp up our operations and headcount quickly."

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered Omen USA up to $1.6 million in conditional tax credits based on the job creation plans. The Economic Development Corp. of Wayne County is providing additional incentives.