HAMMOND - A Hammond factory recently vacated by Michigan-based Lear Corp. didn’t sit empty for very long. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Midland Metal Products has taken over the former seat factory, having relocated from Chicago after 95 years, bringing 135 new jobs to the region.

"Midland Metal Products moved to Hammond due to better business climate and convenient location," said Anne Anderson, Hammond director of economic development.

In May, Lear Corp moved its northwest Indiana operations into a new $30 million plant in Hammond, according to the publication. Lear makes seats for the Ford Explorer and other vehicles.

The publication says Midland Metal makes fixtures for a variety of industries, including retail, gaming, and telecommunications.

"It's good the space was taken over so quickly," Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott said. "You don't want to see industrial properties sitting vacant, and they moved in almost right away."

According to The Times, Midland Metal has posted a number of job openings in Hammond on hiring websites, including for an assistant buyer for purchasing, a timekeeper, a metal fabrication supervisor training and spot welding machine set-up/supervisor apprentice.