Italian Company Chooses Fort Wayne

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A subsidiary of Italy-based Coram Group is planning to move its North American warehousing operations to Fort Wayne. The automotive manufacturer intends to invest more than $1 million to upgrade an Allen County facility and hire around three dozen workers by 2016. October 7, 2013

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Coram USA LLC, a global manufacturer of automotive components, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 35 new jobs by 2016.

The company, which is a subsidiary of the Italy-based Coram Group, will invest $1.1 million to lease, renovate and equip a 20,000 square-foot facility in Fort Wayne. Coram USA plans to move its warehousing for the North American market from Italy to the new facility and begin production and distribution of steering columns this winter.

"When presented with so many options, international companies like Coram choose Indiana for its world-class business environment," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "Indiana has the best manufacturing workforce in the nation. If you add this to our central U.S. location and pro-growth policies, it becomes clear why so many international companies recognize Indiana as a state that works."

Coram USA, which currently employs more than 200 associates internationally, plans to begin hiring assembly, quality, purchasing and accounting positions later this year.

"Coram Group is a dynamic company that is present in different parts of the world, and we were very impressed by the skills of the people we initially met, and by the efficiency of the organizations deputed to attract investments in Fort Wayne," said Angelo Piantoni, president of Coram USA. "Here, we will produce high quality products for American vehicles, and we will bring here our experience, passion and know-how, to grow in the United States."

Founded in 1957, Coram designs, manufactures and sells parts for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, agricultural machines, construction equipment, material handling machines and wind generators. The company, which also has facilities in Italy and Taiwan, serves customers throughout the world.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Coram USA LLC up to $215,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 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 Fort Wayne will consider additional tax abatement at the request of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.

"The city is excited to have another international company choose Fort Wayne for its North American headquarters," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "We are excited to be able to provide a prosperous and thriving environment for Coram to continue to grow."

International companies find the resources they need to grow and thrive in Indiana. Heartland Automotive, whose parent company is Japan-based Shigeru Company, Ltd., announced just last month plans to expand its Lafayette operations, adding more than 200 new jobs. The company cited Indiana's central location, competitiveness and strong workforce for its decision to expand in the Hoosier State.

About Coram

Coram USA LLC is a part of the Coram Group and is a privately held global supplier of steering columns and other automotive components. Based in Cologne Italy since 1957, Coram has operated with a passion to design, manufacture and sell reliable products to be installed on commercial vehicles, agricultural machines, construction equipment, and material handling machines.To learn more about Coram Group, visit www.coramgroup.com.

About IEDC

Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

Source: The Indiana Economic Development Corp.

October 7, 2013

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Coram USA, LLC, a subsidiary of the Coram Group, headquartered in Cologne, Italy, designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of products and systems for commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery, construction machinery and the wind turbine industry.

Coram has established a sales office in downtown Fort Wayne with plans to start production and distribution of steering columns in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company will fill 35 positions through 2016. "CORAM Group is a dynamic company that is present in different part of the world, and we were very impressed by the skills of the people we initially met, and by the efficiency of the organizations deputed to incentivate investments in Fort Wayne," stated Angelo Piantoni, President of CORAM USA LLC.

"We will produce here high quality products for American vehicles, and we will bring here our experience, passion and know‐how to grow in U.S."

"When presented with so many options, international companies like Coram choose Indiana for its world-class business environment," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce.

"Indiana has the best manufacturing workforce in the nation. If you add this to our central U.S. location and pro‐growth policies, it becomes clear why so many international companies recognize Indiana as a state that works."

Coram USA representatives worked with CBRE to secure its new location at 6911 Innovation Boulevard in Summit Industrial Park. The building owner, JD Summit & Associates, will make $65,000 in tenant improvements while Coram invests $150,000 in new manufacturing equipment for the operation. The company will manufacture steering columns for several North

American industries, such as agricultural, construction, and distribution/warehouse at this location.

Coram Group has four subsidiaries across the globe in Italy, Taiwan and the United States.

"The City is excited to have another international company choose Fort Wayne for its North American headquarters," stated Mayor Tom Henry.

"We are excited to be able to provide a prosperous and thriving environment for Coram to continue to grow."

Coram USA is eligible for $215,000 in EDGE tax credits from Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as well as $50,000 for skill enhancement funds. WorkOne Northeast has offered training and recruitment assistance. The City of Fort Wayne will consider approval of

real estate and personal tax abatements with a total savings of approximately $20,200.

During sales trips to Italy over the last year, Dale Buuck, vice president of business development with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, has established a working relationship with the executives of Coram Group sharing with them the offerings of the region.

"It is exciting to see how quickly Coram’s initial interest in Northeast Indiana turned into business investment," said Buuck. "A key to the success was finding experienced talent in the community to begin work promptly. Our focus on connecting workforce and economic development are paying off in helping us to land projects."

About Coram

Group Our companies design, manufacture and market a wide range of products and systems. We are the ideal partner for manufacturers of industrial vehicles, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, machinery for the handling of goods, and wi