Work Force Draws NTN Expansion

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NTN Driveshaft broke ground Tuesday on the Anderson operation. NTN Driveshaft broke ground Tuesday on the Anderson operation.
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The president of Columbus-based NTN Driveshaft says Indiana beat out several other locations for its $130 million expansion and more than 500 new jobs. Jim Riggs says the company considered multiple locations in the southeast, but says Indiana's work force was a major deciding factor in choosing the Anderson site.

NTN Driveshaft, which is a U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based NTN Corp., began looking for expansion sites after it ran out of room in Bartholomew County, where it employs about 1,500 workers. The company expects its new Anderson plant to be operational by April 2017. It expects to begin hiring engineering, production and maintenance workers in March.

Riggs is a member of the governor's Indiana Works Council. He says his company keeps in constant contact with area schools and training programs to ensure they match up with what NTN needs. Riggs says Indiana's training opportunities are "unduplicated" in other states.

Riggs says Indiana's education and training programs are a major asset.
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