updated: 5/2/2012 7:54:50 AM

Manufacturer Breaks Ground in Lafayette

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Greencastle-based Heartland Automotive Inc. has broken ground on an assembly plant in Lafayette. The auto parts manufacturer hopes to open the $8.4 million facility this fall. The company expects to shift 38 temporary workers into full-time employees.

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May 1, 2012

News Release

Lafayette, Ind. -- Officials from Greencastle-based Heartland Automotive and its parent company, Shigeru Co. Ltd. of Japan, held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, May 1, at the construction site for a new Heartland Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind.

Heartland Automotive has purchased 17 acres in Park 350 at U.S. 52 South and Veterans Memorial Parkway, where it is building a 126,000-square-foot manufacturing/assembly plant that will include 4,000 square feet of office space.

Since coming to Lafayette in April 2001, the company has operated from a 70,000-square-foot leased space at 1520 Kepner Drive in Lafayette.

Shigeru Co. Ltd. Chairman Kan Shoda spoke at the groundbreaking, and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski welcomed the company’s expansion and $8.4 million investment.

“We appreciate the support and cooperation we have received,” Shoda said. “As we move on, we will need more, so we would like to ask again for your continued support.”

Roswarski said, “We have been pleased to be the home for your operations and to see you experience great success here. The 150 jobs you brought to our community are important to our families and our economy.

“It is especially great news that your success now leads you to build and equip a new facility here. Your investment in our community is indeed appreciated.”

Columbus, Ind.-based Force Construction Co. Inc., is the contractor for the facility.

The company expects to begin production in the new facility in late fall 2012.

Heartland Automotive is a full-service Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry. It produces interior and exterior automotive components, including instrument panels, doors, head liners and auto body parts.

Heartland currently employs 114 in Lafayette and another 38 as temporary workers. With the move, the company expects to make the temporary workers full-time Heartland employees.

The Lafayette plant’s largest client is Lafayette-headquartered Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. The company also supplies Toyota.

Greater Lafayette Commerce has been assisting the company with expansion details, said Jody Hamilton, director of economic development.

“Heartland Automotive has been hard at work here for 11 years, consistently supplying SIA. An existing company that chooses to grow here is indeed a positive development for Lafayette,” she said.

Founded in 1987 by Shigeru Co. Ltd. of Japan, Heartland Automotive began production at its 355,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Greencastle, Ind., in August 1989.

Greater Lafayette Commerce, www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com, whose roots go back 85 years, is a nonprofit membership organization supported by local businesses, industries and governments. Its mission is to advance economic and community prosperity for a superior quality of life. Offices are at 337 Columbia St. in Lafayette.

Source: Greater Lafayette Commerce

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