A manufacturer in northeast Indiana intends to pump more than $8 million into expansion. The Bluffton City Council has approved tax abatement for Metaldyne M&A Bluffton LLC's plans that include creating more than a dozen jobs. The company currently employs close to 300 in Wells County. June 11, 2014

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BLUFFTON, Ind. – Metaldyne M&A Bluffton, LLC, part of Metaldyne's Drivetrain Products group, received an abatement Tuesday evening for an expansion that will add 13 new jobs and more than $8.2 million in new equipment to their Bluffton, IN facility.

Daun Spurgeon, Engineering and Maintenance Director for the Bluffton plant, attended the meeting along with Diane Johnson of Wells County Economic Development to request the $420,000, ten-year abatement from the Bluffton City Council. This request is based on an equipment investment of $8,230,000.00 for new machinery necessary as part of an expanded product line. Spurgeon noted the average wage for the new employees will be over $17.00 per hour. These 13 new jobs will add to the already 292 employees currently working at Metaldyne in Bluffton, a manufacturer of transmission components for the automotive industry. The industry has experienced steady growth in Bluffton over the past several years.

In their written request to the City Council, Metaldyne noted this expansion is part of their ongoing efforts to invest in the latest technology advancements. The investment will allow the facility to meet customer demand and stay competitive in the market place.

“Metaldyne's growth in Bluffton is a direct result of the innovation and expertise of the leadership as well as the entire facility team,” Ted Ellis, Mayor of Bluffton stated, “assuring companies like Metaldyne have available the best-trained workforce and an environment supporting their growth is a priority of our community!”

Metaldyne is one of many Wells County industries who have recently announced expansions, or have systematically added new employees as part of their business growth.

About Metaldyne

Metaldyne LLC is a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered metal-based components for engine, transmission, and driveline applications in the automotive and light truck markets. Products include powder metal engine connecting rods, engine bearing caps, engine cylinder oil jets, transmission sub-assemblies, forged differential gears and pinions, differential assemblies, engine balance shaft modules, transmission shafts, and engine crankshaft dampers. Metaldyne has over $1 billion in annual revenue, with 26 locations in 13 countries, and is owned by American Securities, a leading private equity firm (www.american-securities.com). More information about Metaldyne can be found at www.metaldyne.com.

Source: Wells County Economic Development

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