JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Swiss auto parts company will build a new plant in Southern Indiana, bringing new jobs to the area.
It will be the first auto supplier to locate in the River Ridge Commerce Center on Highway 62 in Jeffersonville.
Autoneum will build a 300,000 square foot factory that will manufacture acoustic and thermal insulation for Ford, Toyota, and Honda plants located in Kentucky and in Indiana.
The new plant will employ 220 workers.
"It's a sign of the auto industry's resurgence," says Wendy Dant Chesser, the president and CEO of One Southern Indiana, the organization that works to attract business and industry to Southern Indiana.
"We were competing with Michigan and Kentucky on this project," explains Chesser, "and if the company had chosen Michigan, no one in this metro community would have benefited from it, so what we would like to do is to promote the fact that with a location on the Southern Indiana border we are benefiting both states and the region as a whole."
The developer of this latest project for River Ridge was also involved in getting Amazon.com to build its giant warehouse operation there several years ago, bringing with it more than a thousand jobs.
And there is plenty of room for growth at River Ridge.
"We've sold nine percent of our property at River Ridge," says Paul Wheatley, director of Marketing and Finance at River Ridge. "Currently we have about 35 companies here and 5,200 jobs, so we are really growing at a fast pace."
To make way for the new auto parts plant, Wheatley says road improvements will be made and additional water and sewer lines will be installed.
Wheatley says, "We will be performing about $2 and a half-million in infrastructure improvements that are part of our master plan but this project just expedited those plans."
When the snow and ice finally melt, construction on the new plant is expected to start in March, with operations set to begin about this time next year.
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