The Herald Bulletin

January 18, 2013

Pence: 'Manufacturing is back'

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — “A major manufacturing economy is back in Indiana.”

That was the message today when newly-inaugurated Governor Mike Pence spoke in Anderson, at a ribbon cutting ceremony for major Honda plastic components manufacturer Greenville Technology, Inc.’s, new facility.

The ribbon cutting, Pence’s first as governor, also included remarks by GTI president Sho Kurita, general manager Jon Adams, Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Vice President Bob Nelson, Sen. Joe Donnelly and others.

In July, GTI said it would open the new 150,000-square-foot parts manufacturing facility in the Flagship Enterprise Center business park, and said it expected to bring 325 jobs to Anderson. The company will “never regret” that decision, Pence said.

GTI president Sho Kurita also spoke, saying he hopes “GTI Anderson will become the benchmark for efficiency and customer service.” He also thanked the city and Flagship for their help in facilitating the opening.

“We are very fortunate to partner with the city of Anderson,” he said. “We thank you very much.”

The facility has been actively producing parts for two vehicles — the Honda Civic and the Acura ILX — for a little over two weeks, said general manager Jon Adams.

It currently produces 12 parts for those vehicles such as glove boxes, center consoles and aesthetic parts for car grilles.

Adams said the number of parts would likely be closer to 100 by December, and it could expand to include other vehicles soon. The plant currently employs about 50, but will approach 200 by the end of the year.

“We’re in our infancy,” he said. “But we have a very strategic ramp-up plan.”

The Herald Bulletin will continue to update this story.