updated: 10/29/2008 8:17:07 AM

Toyota Supplier to Expand Indiana Operations

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Vuteq USA, which produces interior parts for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, has announced it will expand its operations in Princeton, creating 50 new jobs over the next year. The company says it will invest more than $24 million to build and equip a 130,000 square-foot interior parts manufacturing facility. Construction of the new facility will begin in November and is slated for completion in July.

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Press Release

Princeton, Ind. -- Automotive interior parts provider Vuteq USA announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating more than 50 new jobs over the next year.

The company, which currently assembles interior parts for nearby Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, will invest more than $24 million to build and equip a 130,000-square-foot interior parts manufacturing facility adjacent to its current assembly operation in the southwest Indiana city.

"Toyota's commitment to Indiana remains strong. From Lafayette to Princeton, Toyota and suppliers such as Vuteq are creating new jobs in an industry hard hit by the sluggish national economy," said Governor Mitch Daniels.

The Japanese-owned company, which located in Indiana in 2001, currently employs more than 300 in Princeton and plans to begin hiring production associates, quality control technicians, maintenance staff and team leaders before the end of the year. Construction of the new facility will begin in November and is slated for completion in July.

"Vuteq has been part of Gibson County for more than seven years and during this time we have found it to be a great place to conduct business and for our team members to reside," said Mike Tracey, Vuteq's Indiana plant manager. "The area has provided a terrific workforce, and we are extremely pleased with the team members we have been able to recruit and retain."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Vuteq up to $650,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $35,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. Gibson County will provide the company with property tax abatement at the request of the Gibson County Economic Development Corporation.

"This is another exciting opportunity for Gibson County," said Tom Memmer; president of the Gibson County Council. "The action taken today by the Gibson County Council will help secure Gibson County as the number one location in Vuteq's site selection process. Vuteq's current operations have been the textbook example of the perfect corporate citizen, and their decision to reinvest with a second facility in our community when other areas of the country are feeling pinched by plant closings makes this decision much easier for the council."

Vuteq's expansion in Indiana is the second Toyota supplier to locate new operations in Gibson County in less than a year. In October 2007, automotive seat manufacturer Toyota Boshoku Corporation announced plans to locate a new seat frame production and assembly facility in Princeton, creating more than 300 new jobs.

About Vuteq
Established in September 1965 to provide Toyota Motor Corporation with logistics service in addition to assembly of automotive window frames and glass, Vuteq has grown to be a key partner for many of Japan's leading corporations, working with the Asahi Glass Company and various automobile companies, and with the construction business (Konoike Construction and others), the housing industry (Sekisui Chemical and others), and the fuel industry (Idemitsu Kosan and others). Vuteq's North American operations include facilities in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, California, Texas, Mississippi and Canada. For more information about Vuteq, visit www.vuteq.co.jp/english/

About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Indiana Secretary of Commerce Nathan Feltman serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC. Since Daniels created the IEDC, the state has posted three consecutive years of record-breaking commitments for new jobs. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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