[r74] Ellspermann Edition: North American Lighting Coming to Northern Warrick County (6/24/2011)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Start Date: 6/24/2011 All Day
End Date: 6/24/2011
This week we completed a groundbreaking of the first high technology company to call Northern Warrick Industrial Park home.  North American Lighting (NAL), owned by Japanese parent Koito Manufacturing, makes automotive lighting and components.  The new facility in northern Warrick County will be their first Indiana plant and will be home to 42 high wage jobs for engineers, machinists and toolmakers.

This project is the thoughtful and well executed work of Warrick County elected officials, Warrick County Economic Developer Larry Taylor, the Coalition of Southwest Indiana and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Toyota is one of NAL's largest customers. It is also particularly important as NAL becomes the first company to locate itself along I-69 at the intersection of I-64. hopefully the first of many along this new economic development corridor. 

NAL is the kind of company we want to attract.  This facility will make the injection molds for its manufacturing facilities in other states.  Our region has a long history of tool and die making.  We have an existing workforce.  Further, we have the higher education capabilities to train the next generation of workers as expansion occurs.

It should be noted that we were in stiff competition with several other neighboring states.  How did we win?  First, the site was "shovel ready," meaning all utilities are installed and construction will begin within a month followed by hiring at the end of the year and start-up in the spring of 2012.   It was also located strategically at the corner of two interstates: I-64 and the new I-69.  Further, Warrick County offered tremendous incentives and the IEDC and the governor's office provided strong state support.  Finally, it was the legislation passed this year reducing corporate taxes half a percent each year for the next four years that finally gave Indiana the edge of our neighbors.   We believe this was the final incentive that drew NAL to Indiana.

I'll continue to work hard to support all counties in bringing jobs to our communities.calls, visits, letters, networking and anything I can do to help attract new investments to our region.  Rep. Ron Bacon and I were called into action by Warrick County, and it was our pleasure to play a small role helping get the job done.  Next it will be up to the quality workforce in our region and the warm welcome of our communities to convince NAL that this would be a great place to expand.  

Congratulations, Warrick County!  Let's use this as the start of a very long winning streak to bring good jobs and economic prosperity to rural southern Indiana.      

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Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand)