Major automotive supplier to locate in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Business Weekly | Faurecia Clean Mobility, a global manufacturer of automotive emissions control systems, will establish a new, 137,500 square-foot manufacturing plant at 4510 Airport Expressway and create up to 144 jobs by 2018.

“Just like Faurecia, Indiana is a global leader in automotive manufacturing,” said Jim Schellinger, Indiana secretary of commerce, in a release announcing the project today. “Hoosiers have a long legacy in all stages of the automotive industry, and as Indiana continues to advance innovation in manufacturing and build one of the nation’s top environments for doing business, that legacy will grow and create more quality jobs for Hoosiers across our state.”

The company’s North American headquarters are in Columbus, Ind., where it employs more than 1,800 people at three locations. It will invest more than $4 million to establish and equip the Fort Wayne facility, a spec building developed by Hagerman Group, and plans to begin filling engineering and product positions at the end of 2017.

“We’ve had great success growing our business in Indiana due in large part to our ability to attract a highly motivated and skilled workforce and we are looking forward to continuing that progress with this new site,” Dave DeGraaf, president of FCM in North America, said in the announcement.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered FCM up to $825,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $125,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Fort Wayne is expected to consider additional incentives.

“I’m encouraged that the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission was able to partner with HBC Realty Corp. and the Hagerman Group to help facilitate Faurecia’s new jobs and investment in Fort Wayne,” Mayor Tom Henry said.

Faurecia is one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, with total sales of $20.7 billion in 2016. As of Dec. 31, it employed 100,000 people in 34 countries at 330 sites and 30 research and development centers.

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