On February 1, Lear Ungheni in Moldova held a special event at Ungheni City Hall to commemorate its fifth anniversary; an estimated 1,500 team members were in attendance. Lear Plant Manager Marian Lefter introduced special guests from Lear, including Sven Damm, Vice President of Trim Operations for Europe & Africa, and Simona Neacsu, Human Resources Director of Eastern Europe, as well as local representatives, including Mayor Alexandru Ambros, Iurie Toma, Ungheni District Head and Natalia Iepuras, Free Economic Zone Administrator.

Sven gave an inspirational speech expressing appreciation of Lear Ungheni’s achievements and its team spirit. The local representatives joined in to express their recognition and gratitude to Lear for being one of the biggest area employers and contributors to the local budget. They also awarded the plant with a special certificate for its role in the region’s development.

Event attendees enjoyed lively speeches, refreshments and local music. At the conclusion, the plant marked the occasion by sponsoring an exceptional fireworks show for the community.

“This was a great occasion to thank all of our team members for their dedication and constant effort,” said Marian. “We were able to recount past accomplishments, such as contributing to Lear’s 2012 Daimler Supplier Award from Mercedes-Benz for the Interior for Procurement—Cars and Vans category, and to be inspired to progress to the next level.”

Lear Ungheni officially began its operations in Moldova on February 1, 2010, as a cut & sew plant. It currently employs approximately 1,700 team members, with status as the country’s fourth biggest exporter.

Ungheni supplies Lear facilities in Bremen, Germany; Tychy Poland; and Kolin, Czech Republic. Important achievements for the plant include the Daimler award and the successful 2013 launch of the new C-class. The plant and other locations in Europe, South Africa, China and the United States provide Daimler with the complete range of Lear seat content as well as final assembly.

Ungheni also produces seat covers for the Ford Mondeo, Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1. With a population of approximately 40,000, Ungheni is located between Chișinău, Moldova’s capital, and the Romanian border.

“This was a special moment to express appreciation and to receive the family spirit back from the team,” Sven added. “We’re moving forward in our commitment to excellence and I congratulate the team on its anniversary. We look forward to more success stories in the future.”

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