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October 31, 2012

Hitachi Powdered Metals adding jobs in Greensburg

Greensburg —  Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc., a powdered metal components supplier, announced plans Wednesday to expand its operations here, creating up to 60 new jobs by 2014.

Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc., a subsidiary of Japan-based Hitachi Powdered Metals, Co. Ltd., plans to invest $38.4 million to construct and equip a second facility on its 30-acre campus in Decatur County. The new 128,000 square-foot plant, which is slated to be operational in August 2013, will house compacting presses, sintering furnaces, lathing and machining center work cells, heat treating equipment and office space.

“Hitachi Powered Metals (USA), Inc.’s decision to increase its footprint in Indiana despite global economic challenges is the latest proof that we have done the right things to attract business investment,” said Governor Mitch Daniels. “Preserving the low-tax, pro-growth Hoosier business climate is key to keeping jobs like this coming.”

The company, which currently has 156 full-time Indiana employees in Greensburg, is currently hiring additional manufacturing, engineering, maintenance technician and production associates.

“Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc. continues to be a leader in powdered metal technology as we expand our reach into the North American automotive market,” said Greg Owens, vice president of Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc. “During the site selection process, Greensburg city leaders were very supportive throughout, as were our local and state economic development corporations. All were instrumental in our decision to expand in Greensburg.”

Established in 1987, Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc. manufactures precision-made valve guides, gears, sprockets and pullies for automotive companies including General Motors, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Nissan. Its Greensburg location is the company’s only powdered metal operation in the United States.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc. up to $275,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $150,000 in training grants 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 Greensburg approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Greensburg-Decatur County.

“Our community leaders and economic development corporation worked together with the state of Indiana and Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc. in a manner that assists retention, expansion and job creation of local companies whenever possible,” said Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert. “We realize that what’s good for local businesses, like Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), is good for our community.”

Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA), Inc. joins 11 other Japanese companies that have committed to locating or growing operations in the Hoosier State so far this year, creating more than 1,390 projected new jobs and more than $4.3 million in investment. Most recently, Daniels joined executives from Tsuda Industries to announce the Japanese automotive parts supplier’s plans to build its first North American facility in Mount Comfort, which is expected to create up to 116 new jobs by 2016.

— Daily News

 

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