INTAT Precision, Inc., a leader in automotive component manufacturing, has announced its intentions to expand its operations in Rushville, Indiana, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2016. At a meeting hosted by the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, leadership from INTAT announced their plans to develop a new manufacturing process at their Rushville facility. INTAT manufactures brake, chassis, and power train components for the automotive industry, primarily serving Toyota.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Japan-based Aisin Group Companies, will invest $22.7 million into its Rushville operations. During its first phase of growth, INTAT will renovate and equip its 375,000 square foot production facility to produce structural steel parts for the automotive industry, which Aisin is currently manufacturing in Japan. This will be the first time this process has been done in the United States. Within the next two years the company plans to construct a new 50,000 square-foot facility to house the expanded operations.
“INTAT is excited to bring this new production process into the Rushville operation which will generate job opportunities”, said Brad Rist, Vice President. He added that this is the result of the level of performance that has been achieved at the Rushville operation. “Our operation has really stepped up to meet several challenges the last few years and we have demonstrated a confidence internally that made the decision to expand here the best choice. We believe that this decision coincides with a spirit of good things to come to the Rushville community. We are excited to be a part of it.”
“This is an extraordinary and exciting day for our city. INTAT is a remarkable corporate citizen in our community,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “We are especially thrilled because this is a new product line being introduced into North America. Rushville competed and won out over other potential sites, and I think this shows Rushville is creating a competitive environment for job creation and is poised for future growth. Further, I think this shows that our strategy of concentrating on growth related to our existing businesses is working.”
With its growth, the company plans to add three production lines in Rushville, which will require supplementing its manufacturing floor with new die quench presses that produce structural steel parts that are stronger, lighter and cheaper than traditional processes. INTAT is a recipient of multiple “Excellent Quality Performance” Awards from Toyota, as well as the Supplier Quality award from Subaru of Indiana Automotive.
Rushville competed with sites from other states to secure this new operation. It is the belief of the Rush County ECDC that this development illustrates the proactive efforts to make Rush County a great place to develop and grow business and industry.
“The city and county leadership in our community have invested deeply into creating an environment that is pro-business,” said John McCane, Executive Director of the Rush County ECDC. “Just 18 months ago, INTAT commenced with a major expansion, adding a third line to their manufacturing process and more than 50 new jobs. Today’s announcement goes to galvanize INTAT’s commitment to our community, and highlights why INTAT is and will continue to be a dominant player in the automotive industry.”
INTAT, which currently employs approximately 350 full-time Indiana associates, plans to begin hiring for the first expansion phase of 30 positions by December, 2014. Interested applicants may apply at the Rushville WorkOne office or online at www.indianacareerconnect.com.
“Japanese businesses are on the rise in Indiana, with Hoosiers enjoying an upsurge in growth and investment from these companies in all corners of the state,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Indiana is proud to be a state that works for their investment, with a business climate that promotes growth and job creation. As our largest Asian trading partner, it is evident that Indiana’s bond with Japan is strong and only growing stronger.”
Japan-based companies find it easy to do business in Indiana. Just last week, INTAT’s sister companies Aisin Chemical Indiana and Aisin Drivetrain announced plans to invest $45.35 million into their Crothersville operations, together creating up to 74 jobs in the coming years. This follows Governor Pence’s jobs and economic development mission to Japan last year, where he met with executives from Aisin and learned about Aisin’s 10 companies and nine operations across the Hoosier State.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered INTAT Precision, Inc. up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Rushville will consider additional incentives at the request of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation.