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Another auto parts supplier headed to River Ridge in southern Indiana

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A second auto parts supplier company plans to open an operation in the River Ridge Commerce Center on Highway 62 in Clark County.

Although the name of the company has not been revealed, we do know that it will mean more jobs for Southern Indiana.

Construction workers are putting the finishing touches on a 150,000 square foot building that will house the auto parts company.

"250 new jobs will be coming to Southern Indiana before the fourth quarter of the year, the company will be fully operational during the fourth quarter, and there is a possible expansion for the same company during the next few years," says Debbie Smith, the managing director of America Place at River Ridge.
America Place is a development company that will rent the building to the auto parts company and is developing what it calls an industrial park within the River Ridge property.

Smith says her company plans to construct additional buildings at the rapidly expanding commerce center.

On Monday, Smith declined to name the company, but state and local economic development leaders are expected to make announcement soon.

"They are an auto manufacturers supply company with global presence, a Fortune 500 company," says Smith.

It was back in February that Swiss auto parts company Autoneum announced that it planned to build a plant at River Ridge that would manufacture acoustic and thermal insulation for Ford, Toyota, and Honda plants in the region.

That plant is expected to employ 220 workers and open early in 2015.

The construction of the East End Bridge has become a catalyst for growth at River Ridge.

When the bridge is finished in a couple of years, it will be two minute driver from the bridge to the commerce park making it a very attractive location to the auto and other major industries.

"A lot of people didn't believe the East End Bridge was coming," says Smith, "we believed in the bridge more than two years ago so we put together a vision for an industrial campus with five or six buildings to start with."

America Place has already started site clearing for a second building to be constructed behind the first one.

Smith believes there are all kinds of possibilities for future growth.

"We would like to attract some of the pharmaceutical industries, some of the IT industries, and some of the higher tech companies," adds Smith.

Employment at River Ridge has now climbed to 5,900 workers with more to come as the growth continues at the large commerce center which used to be the Indiana Army Depot Plant.

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