The Timken Co. is building a large bearing-manufacturing plant in China aimed at the global commercial aerospace industry.

The Timken Co. is building a large bearing-manufacturing plant in China aimed at the global commercial aerospace industry. Timken has broken ground on the $15 million, 70,000-square-foot building in Chengdu, the capital city of the Sichuan province in southwest China. Timken expects the factory to begin making ball and roller bearings in late 2007.

The facility will employ approximately 200 people in aerospace products manufacturing, specifically ball and cylindrical roller bearings up to 12 inches in diameter. According to Timken, this new plant will not result in any closures at U.S. facilities.