- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - The state’s automotive manufacturing sector is a $15.8 billion industry that employs more than 100,000 people in Indiana, according to a report from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and the Indiana Automotive Council.

The 2016 report says automotive manufacturing is the second-largest manufacturing sector in Indiana and automotive jobs have seen a 40 percent increase since 2009, The Tribune Star (https://bit.ly/2p1YaA0) reported.

Indiana is the only U.S. state to have auto assembly plants from Honda, Subaru and Toyota, according to the Indiana Automotive Council.

Vigo County is a big contributor to the state’s automotive industry with companies such as Thyssenkrupp Presta North America. The company opened a steering column assembly plant in 2003 in the Vigo County Industrial Park that employs more than 400 workers.

The facility has seen two expansions and is now four times its original size at 220,000 square feet (20,440 sq. meters).

The location’s human resources manager Mike Shadoan said the Terre Haute facility works closely with other locations.

“Our site in Troy (Michigan) gets the sales, then basically hands that off to Indianapolis where they engineer and make a prototype and it ends up in Terre Haute for assembly. There is a lot of interface and collaboration,” Shadoan said.

Chemical products are the leading manufacturing sector in Indiana.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com


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