Press Release

Foodmaker to invest $310M, create 460 jobs in Shelbyville

Economic Development | Press Release

Firm processes protein foods from plants

April 8, 2019 — SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Shelbyville has been chosen as the site for what is expected to be the largest facility in North America for producing plant-based protein foods. Greenleaf Foods, SPC announced today that it will invest $310 million in the new plant and create as many as 460 jobs by the end of 2022.

 

The announcement was made during a ground breaking ceremony today attended by Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

Greenleaf makes the foods under brands including Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co., the top two brands in the refrigerated alternative protein category. Greenleaf is a wholly owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. of Mississaugu, Ontario. Greenleaf was established in 2018 and is headquartered in Chicago. Greenleaf operates facilities in Seattle and Turner Falls, Mass.

The 230,000-square-foot Shelbyville plant will double Greenleaf’s production capacity. It will be located on 57 acres directly east of Interstate 74 and south of State Road 44. The property was acquired by the city and Shelby County from First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville in December 2018. Space is available on the property to expand beyond the project announced today.

The Greenleaf investment is the largest industrial project in the history of Shelbyville, said Brian Asher, executive director of Shelby County Development Corp.

“It adds to our international business,” Asher said. “This combines Shelby County’s farming and manufacturing backgrounds in one.”

Incentives from Shelbyville and Shelby County total $2.5 million. The state offered up to $5 million in conditional tax credits and as much as $1 million in training grants based on job creation plans. The state also offered up to $1.25 million from the Industrial Development Grant Fund.

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Contact

Brian Asher, executive director, Shelby County Development Corp.

317-398-8903

b.asher@shelbydevelopment.com

Greenleaf Foods to Create Over 400 New Jobs In Shelbyville

Economic Development | Press Release

Above: Computer rendering showing the 230,000 sq ft proposed facility near the State Road 44 Interchange on I 74

Below: Members of the Greenleaf Foods Team join Governor Holcomb and Mayor DeBaun for a groundbreaking of the new Greenleaf Foods production facility

SHELBYVILLE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 8, 2019–Greenleaf Foods, SPC (the “Company”), today announced plans to construct North America’s largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The 230,000-square-foot facility will more than double the Company’s production capacity to meet the surging consumer demand for its portfolio of brands, including Lightlife® and Field Roast Grain Meat Co™, the #1 and #2 brands in the refrigerated alternative protein category.

The U.S. $310 million Shelbyville facility, slated to become operational in late 2020, will create 460 jobs on the 57-acre property and can be expanded to meet future market growth. The new facility will extend the Company’s network of production facilities, which includes facilities in Seattle, Washington, and Turners Falls, Massachusetts. In addition, the Company plans to invest in equipment to increase capacity and scale production at its existing facilities.

The new Shelbyville facility will enable the Company to meet rapidly rising demand for plant-based proteins by supporting its innovation pipeline across its brands. In January, the Lightlife Burger, Ground, Italian Sausage and Bratwurst Sausage were launched as part of a new pea protein-based product line that delivers the sensory experience and taste consumers crave, marking the brand’s most significant innovation launch in its 40-year history. The new line will be among the products made at the new facility, along with other bestselling products from the Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co brands.

“Our new facility will be a center of plant-based protein excellence that helps accelerate our company’s growth. This will support our rich pipeline of innovative products that both satisfy increasing consumer demand and drive our continued leadership of this dynamic category in the U.S. and Canada into the future,” said Dan Curtin, President. “Our world-class research and development teams are shattering what were once thought to be the culinary boundaries of plant-based protein products, and our new facility will take those ideas from development to commercialization. We are grateful for the incredible support from the State of Indiana, as well as Shelby County and the City of Shelbyville, who have helped make this a reality.”

“In Indiana, we’re proud to support a global economy with more than 950 foreign-owned businesses here providing quality career opportunities for our residents. And we’re thrilled to welcome Greenleaf Foods, SPC to that growing list and to our Indiana family,” Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Today’s groundbreaking is a significant milestone for the Shelbyville community and for the state of Indiana. I’m confident that our skilled workforce will be a crucial asset, helping support Greenleaf Foods SPC’s growth for years to come.”

At the local level, Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun also praised the announcement. “I am thrilled that Shelby County was chosen for this project. It’s further validation that the administrations of the City of Shelbyville and Shelby County are working collaboratively to make this a great place to do business,” DeBaun said. “This project diversifies our employment options locally and regionally as well as bringing tremendous opportunities to our community.”

The North American plant-based protein market had estimated sales of US$1 billion in 2018 and demand for plant-based protein continues to show strong growth . Fresh refrigerated products represent approximately 24% of the total market and delivered 40% sales growth in 2018. While burgers are fueling category growth, all refrigerated products are forecasted to deliver double-digit growth for the next twenty years.

To mark this momentous announcement, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun are set to join the Company’s President Dan Curtin at a groundbreaking on the site at the intersection of I-74 and Highway 44, Monday, April 8 at 2 p.m. EST. Representatives of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Shelby County Development Corporation will also be present.

Greenleaf Foods, SPC is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. For more information about the Company, visit greenleaffoods.com.

Forward–Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements based on the Company’s current expectations relating its strategies; the anticipated technical capabilities of the new facility; value creation opportunities and other benefits from the projects; consumer tastes, preferences and buying patterns; project execution variables such as engineering, design and construction costs, schedule and approvals; availability of resources and labor necessary for the construction and operation of the facilities; and other factors. As these forward-looking statements depend upon future events, actual outcomes may differ and there can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized. The Company does not intend to, and the Company disclaims any obligation to, update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Greenleaf Foods, SPC

Greenleaf Foods, SPC is committed to shaping the future of plant-based foods. Established in 2018, the Company’s portfolio of leading plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife® and Field Roast Grain Meat Co.™. The Company is headquartered in Chicago, and is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI).

New Ambulances Join SFD Fleet

Press Release | Public Safety

The Shelbyville Fire Department is proud to have begun operation of three new ambulances within their fleet. The new ambulances offer safer options for crew and patients, in addition, to cost savings.

The three new ambulances were produced by Wheeled Coach, a part of REV Group, Inc., in Winter Park, Florida. Safer options for the patient include DuraLite cabinetry that allow quicker access to life saving medication, oxygen outlets more conducive to care, technology for transporting pediatric patient securely, and toggle switches in the patient compartment decreasing the risk of malfunction in electrical components.

Crew safety is maximized with in-seat 4-point PER4MAX ® Controlled Decelerator seating, allowing crew member to provide care will remaining seat-belted. SafePass™ techonology on exit doors providing safety overrides in event of an accident. Crews are additionally protected with securement devices for portable medical equipment to prevent loose moving object within the vehicle. Seamless upholstery allows for the decreased risk associated with contaminants in the firehouse and while on scenes.

Patient and crew safety is a top priority at Shelbyville Fire Department. Power loading Stryker EMS™ cot systems provide multiple safety functions with minimal increased cost. Patient safety is increased with the automatic lifting into the vehicles decreasing the risk of injury. Injuries are also preventing crews from back injuries related to patient lifting, which top the list of firefighter disabilities across the nation. Turn-around times are enhanced with the use of the lifts, as fire engines are not required to respond to the hospital to assist with the removal of obese patients from the ambulance.

The exterior of the ambulance resembles to previous red and white paint scheme and blacked-out tire rims, allowing for easier care of the rims and prevention of loose parts, such as, caps on the vehicle. Corner capped lighting increases 360° high-visibility lighting, providing scene safety. DuraSeam Door Systems provided the exterior with a seamless look, while eliminating protruding handles and providing structural integrity and strength. GatorGrip surfaces, Yellow handicap handles, and easy to replace running boards assist with safety and functionality.

Mechanical advantages to the vehicles include a gasoline engine for cost-saving measures while not compromising the response or integrity of the vehicle. Cost savings in the use of gasoline engines lower the cost of regular maintenance and parts. The vehicle includes a Ford Motor Company E450 Type III chassis with decreased technological luxuries within with cab allowing for easier operation and less times ambulances are out of service for electrical issues, and easier repair.

The Shelbyville Fire Department prides itself in providing the best possible critical care medical services to the citizens and visitors of Shelby County, while optimizing use of resources under a sound fiscal mind. The department is comprised of 63 highly trained, dedicated medical providers delivering progressive, rapid, and reliable services to the community. Two ambulances will be provided to the community during a 24 hours period by Shelbyville Fire Department, in additional to, a third paramedic crew staffed by Franciscan Health EMS Education during high call volume time periods as determined by use of System Status Management. In 2018, over 5,000 calls were completed by the Shelbyville Fire Department.

City Awarded Additional Road Funding

Economic Development | Press Release | Street Department

Above: Evans Street was one of the first streets in The City of Shelbyville to be funded through the Community Crossing Initiative. The re-construction of this street improved traffic and pedestrian safety by widening the driving lanes and installing a sidewalk along the street. The image above shows the street while it was under construction in 2018. Source: City of Shelbyville

Left: Ribbon Cutting for Evans Street Reconstruction Project in 2018. This project was funded through the Community Crossings Initiative. Shown (from left to right) Matt House, City Engineer; David Finkle, Board of Works Member; Michael Crider, State Senator; Trent Meltzer, City Attorney; Derrick Byers, MS4 Director; Jean Leising, State Senator; Sean Eberhart, State Representative; Travis Atwood, Atwood Construction; Mayor Thomas DeBaun; Rick Witcliff, City Street Department. Source: John Walker/Shelbyville News


Governor Holcomb and INDOT Award “Community Crossings” Funds To City of Shelbyville For More Street Improvements

Earlier this week, Shelbyville was awarded another $1 Million in road funding through the state’s “Community Crossings” program. These funds will help to further accelerate efforts to improve the road networks in Shelbyville, funding an additional 48 resurfacing projects, a 2-block reconstruction project, and another 2 blocks of partial road reconstruction for the next year. Since the “Community Crossings” program was established in 2017, the City has been awarded $3 Million dollars in additional road funding, which has completed much-needed maintenance and repair work on numerous local roads.

Mayor Thomas DeBaun was quoted saying, “We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the state general assembly, INDOT, and Governor Holcomb to make more funding available to local communities so that we can re-invest in our infrastructure. Investing in preventative maintenance in our roads today means that our infrastructure lasts longer and performs better over its lifespan.”

In 2019 and 2020, over 60 projects will be completed due to the Community Crossings Initiative funding made available through the State of Indiana. A map showing all of these project locations has been made available.

“The Community Crossings Program has allowed us to make numerous large investments in infrastructure in Shelbyville for the last few years. Over 60 road projects are being funded in 2019 and 2020, a task that would not have been possible before,” City Engineer Matt House said. “The grant program, along with an increase in local funding from the City Council, has allowed us to more than triple the amount of work yearly that we were doing prior to 2017.”


Below is the press release from Governor Eric Holcomb’s office announcing all of the communities that were awarded funding through the Community Crossings Initiative:

Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation award $115 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative

Community Crossings LogoINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness today announced 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $115 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

“Indiana’s fully-funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns, and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”

CC 2019 1 MapThe Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects.

“Local leaders are improving the conditions of local roads and bridges all across the state with funding from the Community Crossings Initiative,” said McGuinness. “The partnership model with the state sharing in the cost of local projects means Hoosier taxpayers receive great value as communities deliver needed projects.”

To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.

The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 winter call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

Next Level Roads

 

Shelbyville to Debut Giant Sculpture

Downtown Development | Economic Development | Parks and Recreation | Press Release

Image Source: Rachael Ackley

Article Source: Inside Indiana Business

SHELBYVILLE –
Officials in Shelbyville will this evening unveil a new art installation in the city’s downtown. The city says the four-story, $150,000 sculpture known as Blue River – Wind, Rain and Water anchors its ongoing commitment to public art.

The sculpture was created by Shelbyville-native Mike Helbing and features a stainless steel reinforcement bar woven into a bulbous thunderhead and torrential rain. It straddles the Blue River Recreational Trail and is located near the Big Blue River and Porter Center in Shelbyville.

“This particular sculpture represents the themes of the site and the identity with the converging of the Big Blue and Little Blue rivers and the importance of the rivers to the community in its historic context,” said Amy Haacker, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation.

The project was funded through $50,000 commitments from the foundation and the city, as well as $25,000 commitments from Shelby County Tourism and Knauf Insulation. Lights for the sculpture will be turned on during a public ceremony tonight, scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Images Source: Rachael Ackley

Poet Begins Construction on New Facility in Shelbyville, Indiana

Economic Development | Press Release

Source: POET, LLC

PRES. TRUMP’S COMMITMENT TO YEAR-ROUND E15 PROVIDES MARKET FOR INDUSTRY GROWTH

Friday, October 26, 2018

SHELBYVILLE, IN (Oct. 26, 2018) – Following a strong directive from Pres. Trump to lift the outdated regulations stifling E15 fuel, POET is moving forward with full construction of a new biofuel facility in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Final permit approval came this week for the planned 80 million-gallon-per-year facility. With full construction started, the expected completion date for the nearly $160 million facility is spring of 2020.

“This is the right project in the right location at the right time,” POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “Farmers desperately need the income boost from this new market for grain, and Pres. Trump’s recent announcement of year-round E15 sales has the biofuels industry poised for new growth and prosperity. Shelbyville is leading the way for future production to meet new E15 demand. We’re excited to partner yet again with Indiana to create a cleaner, healthier environment for our children and grandchildren.”

POET Biorefining – Shelbyville will be the 28th starch biofuel plant in POET’s network, and the fifth in Indiana. It will add 45 full time jobs and $110 million in annual corn purchases for farmers in the area, primarily within a 30-mile radius. POET plans to start hiring for full-time positions in spring 2019.

New demand for biofuels is expected in coming years once the Trump Administration provides full consumer access to E15 year-round. President Trump announced earlier this month that he has directed the EPA to fix outdated regulations that limit E15 availability.

E15 is a higher octane, cleaner burning and lower cost blend of 15% biofuel. Full implementation of E15 nationwide would add 7 billion gallons of biofuels demand and an additional 2 billion bushels of corn demand for farmers who have been struggling with low crop prices and declining farm income over the last five years. This additional demand is important for communities that rely on agriculture to drive their economies.

“POET’s project provides jobs right here in Shelby county, but its indirect effects will extend well beyond that,” said Brian Asher, Shelby County Development Corporation Executive Director. “This boosts income for farmers, expands the tax base and circulates new dollars across the entire economy.”

The new facility includes POET’s state-of-the-art environmental controls and production processes. Those include features such as the proprietary Total Water Recovery, which eliminates process water discharge from the plant, and POET’s patented BPX process, which lowers energy use and increases yield, making this state-of-the-art plant even more efficient.

POET’s Shelbyville project at a glance

– 80 million gallons of clean biofuel per year
– 28 million bushels annual corn demand
– Nearly 3 million in added value for local ag products
– Nearly $160 million capital investment
– $2 million+ in annual payroll
– 45 new full time jobs
– More than 275 temporary jobs during construction

About POET

POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.poet.com.

“Excellence in Affordable Housing” Awarded to Downtown Shelbyville Development

Downtown Development | Press Release

In 2015 RealAmerica LLC and The City of Shelbyville formed a partnership in an effort to reinvest in one of the most under-performing city blocks in the Historic Downtown Shelbyville District. Four blighted buildings were removed to make room for a new 42 unit apartment building with first-floor retail space for a Goodwill Excel Center, a free alternative high school designed for adults to return to school and receive their high school diploma. This project has served for a catalyst for further development and redevelopment within the Historic Downtown District and the neighborhoods surrounding this area. This project also highlighted the success that is possible from a Public-Private-Partnership where all the parties involved have shared goals and interest in the community. Below is the press release from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announcing this year’s award winning projects and communities.

Photos of the North Harrison Senior Apartments

(Source: RealAmericaLLC.com)

Press Realese from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority:

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today presented the 2018 Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards at the Indiana Housing Conference. The awards are presented to the most outstanding new properties in four categories and celebrate the best in Indiana affordable housing development.

“Safe, decent and affordable housing is imperative to move this state, and the Hoosiers who call it home, to the Next Level,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. “These developments have and will continue to make a profound impact within their communities.”

This year’s award winners are:

RURAL – Development is located within the corporate limits of a City or Town with a population less than 14,999 or the development is located in an unincorporated area of a county that is located beyond 2 miles of the city or town’s jurisdiction.
Award Winner: The Mercantile (Alexandria)
About the Development: Based on innovative funding round criteria, creating a mix-use housing/retail development allowed for a project that would deliver maximum community impact. Market studies supported the need and potential sustainability for both businesses. Saving an iconic downtown building has contributed significantly to maintaining Alexandria’s cultural and historical identity. This project has been transformational, providing access to healthy food and affordable housing downtown, and providing solutions to real needs as well as a significant economic boost.

SENIOR – Development specifically designed for use by elderly tenants.
Award Winner: North Harrison Senior Apartments (Shelbyville)
About the Development: North Harrison Senior Apartments was created to provide proper senior housing with lower monthly rent and utility costs while creating an inviting atmosphere where friends socialize and help each other out. This community is located in a walkable area to other necessities, provides educational opportunities for both work and personal enrichment, and assists in finding necessary social services to help the residents live independently for as long as possible.

SPECIAL NEEDS – Development specifically designed for use by special needs populations: persons developmental or development disabilities, persons with mental impairments, single parent households, victims of domestic violence, abused children, persons with chemical addictions and/or homeless persons.
Award Winner: Oliver Apartments (South Bend)
About the Development: The development location for Oliver Apartments was selected after considering 10 potential sites and several existing buildings. The South Bend Heritage board and staff also attended numerous neighborhood meetings and community forums to ensure they garnered feedback from stakeholders. What has resulted is a development that houses 32 formerly homeless individuals (both male and female) while at the same time achieving an Emerald Level Energy rating from the National Green Building Council.

URBAN – Development is located within a metropolitan area with a population greater than 15,000.
Award Winner: South Bend Mutual Homes (South Bend)
About the Development: In partnership with Neighborhood Development Associates, South Bend Heritage built 24 new single family homes as part of a special funding round by IHCDA the encouraged “innovative” development. South Bend Mutual Homes offers a unique opportunity for those with lower incomes to live in brand new housing. These homes are located in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood, just west of downtown South Bend.

IHCDA accepted nominations for affordable housing developments that were placed in service between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2018. The nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges who looked at the location, services, unique features, community impact and financing structure to make their determinations.

Other awards presented at the conference include:

OUTSTANDING RESIDENT VOLUNTEER AWARD
Award Winner: Lottie Shaffer, Resident, Jackson Street Commons (Kokomo)
Presented by IHCDA and the Indiana Affordable Housing Council (IAHC)

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Award Winner: Darrell Mitchell, Founder of Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences and CEO of Progress House
Presented by the IAHC

COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
Award Winner: Yolanda Davis, CRA, Horizon Bank
Presented by Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI)

The Indiana Housing Conference is Indiana’s must-attend conference for affordable housing professionals. The conference, which annually draws more than 500 attendees, is presented by IHCDA and the IAHC.

Shelbyville mayor puts next-generation professionals in drivers seat

Press Release

Progressive talent tasked with helping determine, implement policy and direction

Sept. 18, 2018 — Shelbyville, Ind. — Who best knows how to attract diverse new talent to a community with a rich manufacturing and agricultural heritage? Shelbyville, Ind., Mayor Tom DeBaun believes next-generation professionals already living in his city know the answer.

DeBaun has convened nine emerging leaders in the community near Indianapolis and charged them with helping set a wide-ranging strategy for positioning Shelbyville and Shelby County to thrive for decades to come. The young professionals, who have dubbed themselves Backyard Shelby, not only are helping determine strategy, but they also are tasked with carrying it out in ways uniquely suited to their generation.

“This is an opportunity to shape community, policy and development,” DeBaun said. “The key is engaging this group of people specifically. That’s the group that’s left out traditionally.”

DeBaun launched the initiative in July after recognizing Shelby County was aging and in need of fresh blood. “We don’t retain our character by staying the same,” he said. “We need to evolve and grow.”

Blue River Community Foundation Executive Director Amy Haacker, who has been instrumental in launching the project, said it is unusual for a mayor to place so much responsibility with emerging leaders.

“We’re putting a pen in their hands and putting them in the driver’s seat,” Haacker said. “We’re empowering these future leaders to create an environment that would be attractive to them and those who are like-minded.”

Early priorities for Backyard Shelby include promoting the livability and sense of authentic community its members treasure in Shelby County. Other priorities include promoting events, opportunities and amenities as well as the close drive to Indianapolis.

 

Contacts

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun
Telephone: 317-395-4596
Email: mayor@cityofshelbyvillein.com

Blue River Community Foundation Executive Director Amy Haacker
Telephone: 317-956-7937
Email: ahaacker@blueriverfoundation.com

Backyard Shelby members are available for interviews. Please contact Norm Heikens at 317-509-3276 or norm@normheikenscommunications.com.

Grand Opening for Newest Industrial Partner, NSCI

Economic Development | Press Release

Photo Above: Then Governor Mike Pence, joins executive from NSCI for the groundbreaking of their Shelbyville Facility. Source H2O Designs/Rachael Ackley

MEDIA ADVISORY – July 17, 2018

Governor Holcomb to Celebrate New Manufacturing Facility in Shelbyville
Governor Eric J. Holcomb will join local officials and executives from Nippon Steel & Sumikin Cold Heading Wire Indiana Inc. (NSCI) at 10 a.m. tomorrow to commemorate the company’s grand opening in Shelby County. Plant tours will be available to guests and media following the ceremony at 10:50 a.m.

NSCI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s largest steel producer, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC). In 2016, NSSMC announced plans to establish NSCI in Shelbyville, investing $50 million to construct and equip a 150,000-square-foot cold heading steel wire plant. The new facility is expected to create up to 70 new jobs by 2021, and the company has already hired 37 full-time associates in Indiana.

The company marks NSSMC’s sixth investment in Indiana, joining Indiana Precision Forge, Seymour Tubing Inc., IN/Tek and IN/Kote in New Carlisle, and Suzuki Garphyttan in South Bend. Indiana is home to more than 290 Japanese business establishments like NSCI that support more than 65,000 Hoosier jobs, and that figure continues to grow. During the last five years, the number of Hoosiers employed by Japanese companies increased by more than 40 percent, according to the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago.

Japan-Based Company Picks Indiana for First U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Economic Development | Japanese Sister City | Press Release

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 2, 2017) – Kimura Foundry America, a global manufacturer of alloy castings for the automotive and industrial sectors, announced plans today to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana.

“Indiana is a global destination for companies from around the world looking for a place to locate, grow and add new jobs,” said Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Kimura’s decision continues a long trend of international companies, including many from Japan, choosing to make Indiana their U.S. home. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to develop a close friendship with Japan, and we’re excited to welcome our friends at Kimura Foundry America to Indiana.”

The company, which is a subsidiary of the Japan-based Kimura Group, will invest $8 million into its new Indiana operations, with plans to open by December 2018. The company has purchased a 10-acre property at 1200 Enterprise Drive in Shelbyville, and plans to break ground in October on a 35,200-square-foot facility, which will house high-tech 3D printing equipment. The new facility will allow the company to produce high-value, complex castings and molds for its quickly-growing U.S. clients in the automotive and pump manufacturing industries.

Kimura Foundry America is now recruiting for positions at its Shelbyville facility, which will include casting engineers, 3D model designers, casting simulation professionals and 3D printer operators, as well as foundry and inspection employees. As part of its growth, the company plans to create up to 20 new jobs by 2020. These positions are expected to pay an average wage above the state average. Interested applicants may apply online at www.kimurafoundry.com.

“When we were searching for our first U.S. manufacturing partner, Indiana offered exactly what we were seeking,” said Yoya Fukuda, Ph.D., president of Kimura Foundry America. “That is because Indiana is strategically located in the epicenter of the industries we serve. The state’s highly-developed transportation networks and its highly-skilled manufacturing workforce were an excellent match. Indiana has a long history of welcoming Japanese companies to the state, and we are looking forward to joining the many other Japanese companies in Shelby County.”

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Kimura Group employs more than 830 associates at its 10 facilities across three campuses in Japan and at its North American sales office near Chicago. The company uses a proprietary process for casting molds using 3D printing technology, allowing it to manufacture products including stamping die castings and machine and industrial tool castings. These products are used in automotive engine parts, pumps, compressors and energy components.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Kimura Foundry America Inc. up to $225,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $25,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Shelbyville approved additional incentives at the request of the Shelby County Development Corporation.

“We are very pleased that Kimura has chosen Shelby County as their first U.S. venture,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun. “Association with our sister city has shown that personal relationships are important. The high-tech nature of this industry is very exciting for our community.”

Indiana is a global manufacturing center, with companies from around the world choosing to locate their operations in Indiana, which last week was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Business Facilities for its high concentration of manufacturing jobs. Approximately 280 Japanese manufacturing establishments currently call Indiana home, which employ more than 58,000 Hoosiers.

About Kimura Foundry America

Kimura Foundry America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Kimura Group, is committed to developing and refining its casting technology to produce castings of the highest quality for its customers. The Kimura Group is known throughout the world for its proficiency with the full mold casting process and we undertake work from an ever broadening industrial spectrum. But our desire to improve and expand the full mold casting technique – to push back the boundaries – is as firm as ever.

About IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov


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Media Contacts:

Yoyo Fukuda, Ph.D. (Kimura Foundry America) – 224.806.1520 or you-ya@kimuragrp.co.jp

Abby Gras (IEDC) – 317.232.8845 or agras@iedc.in.gov