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Columbus Manufacturer Adding 115 Jobs

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A Columbus-based auto supplier says it plans to hire 115 workers by January 15. NTN Driveshaft Inc. will hold job fairs in Columbus and Seymour to fill the production, engineering and maintenance positions. In July, the manufacturer received a 10-year package for $17 million in new investment to make parts for Toyota.

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Deember 20, 2010

News Release

COLUMBUS, IN (Dec. 20, 2010) – NTN Driveshaft, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of constant velocity joints for use in automotive and other applications, announced today plans to immediately hire 115 persons. The company, which currently employs more than 1,300 persons in Columbus, Indiana, is filling positions to accommodate growing demand for its products and would like to have all persons on the job by January 15, 2011.

“The auto industry is starting to improve, and NTN is well positioned to meet the needs of our customers,” said Barry Parkhurst, vice president of administration of NTN. “The majority of all our driveshafts are manufactured right here in Columbus, and the community’s favorable business climate, location and other amenities makes it an ideal place to grow.”

In July of this year, NTN received approval for a ten-year tax phase-in from the City of Columbus in support of a $17 million investment in new equipment to allow the company to fill orders for the new
Toyota Camry. Today’s announcement of new jobs, however, is in response to an overall increase in business for NTN.

Mayor Fred Armstrong had praise for the company that opened its first production and R&D facilities in Columbus in December of 1990.
“NTN is a global leader in their field, and we are proud to have them call Columbus, Indiana, home,” said the mayor. “The positive impact that they have made in our community over the last 20 years is enormous.”

The company looks to fill 100 production and 15 engineering and maintenance positions. All positions will be full-time with a complete package of benefits. The openings are primarily for second and third shifts, although some first shift positions may also be available.

“Our company excels in offering reliable quality, efficient production, and custom-tailored manufacturing,” said Parkhurst. “We are also very people-oriented and offer an environment that our employees, their families, and the community as a whole can be proud.”

To fill the 115 positions, NTN is planning to hold two upcoming job fairs, one in Columbus and one in Seymour, with event details to be published when finalized. In the mean time, however, interested
persons do not have to wait to apply and can instead email their résumé directly to the company at hrndi@ntndriveshaft.com.
Jason Hester, executive director of the Columbus Economic Development Board, sees NTN’s announcement as an encouraging sign for the year to come.

“Given everything that the automotive industry has gone through the last two years, we are very happy to see NTN maintain its leadership position in the market and are grateful for their continued investment in people and products,” said Hester. “These jobs should make for a happy new year for many people.”

About NTN Driveshaft, Inc.
Since its founding in 1918 in Japan, NTN has established itself firmly as one of the world’s leading general manufacturers of bearings and constant velocity joints (CVJ’s). NTN has 33 production facilities
worldwide, including NTN Driveshaft located in Woodside South Industrial Park, in Columbus, Indiana, where they produce CVJ’s that are primarily used in front-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drive cars and trucks.

About Columbus Economic Development Board
For more than 30 years, the Columbus Economic Development Board has supported the growth of businesses in Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana, and marketed the region’s strengths in automotive, pharmaceutical and other advanced manufacturing sectors along with emerging renewable energy and national security opportunities. More information on the community’s highly educated workforce, renowned living experience, and I-65 access to more than 1,000 acres of available land is
available at www.ColumbusIN.org

Source: Columbus Economic Development Board

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