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September 26, 2013

Emerging industrial makeup creates new image for Anderson

City officials say past is important for the future

ANDERSON, Ind. — Recent growth in the business sector is creating excitement and a new image for the city, officials say.

Frank Owens, director of municipal development for Anderson, said the city has a rich automotive history, but expanding outside of that industry will help produce a stronger business base.

“Yes, we were a GM town and I’m proud of that fact,” he said. “But when you have just one dominant industry it can cause some real havoc when something happens. When GM left there was nothing to fill that void.”

Recent expansions and new businesses relocating to the area, however, are changing the industrial makeup of the city, Owens said.

In addition to Hy-Pro Filtration construction, Owens said, people will see a number of new projects being started or completed this year including the construction of a MedExpress Urgent Care, a Planet Fitness, Ollies, the expansion of Nestle, a new Old National Bank location and several Hoosier Park renovations.

Some of the growth is due to an economy on the rebound, Owens said, but Anderson is seeing new growth because it has so much to offer companies that want to expand and grow including its proximity to an interstate and an experienced workforce.

He said the key to the city’s future growth will be in diversification.

“Nestle is the largest food manufacturer in the world,” he said. “And to think we have one of the largest facilities in the nation, right here, in Anderson.”

Bill LaFramboise, executive vice president of Greenville Technology Inc. (GTI), said Anderson is a great place to do business.

GTI has been in operation since 1987 and is one of Honda’s largest suppliers of plastic components in North America. It designs and manufactures a variety of interior and exterior automobile parts. GTI is headquartered in Greenville, Ohio, and part of Moriroku Technology, a global Japanese manufacturer with operations in Japan, China, India, Philippines, as well as North America.

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