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Annual Report: Business & Industry

March 29, 2010

Casting a broad net for future prospects

New firms may come from nearby or China

ANDERSON­, Ind. — Economic development officials say they have unprecedented interest from industries looking at former General Motors sites in Anderson. It’s one of the city’s calling cards to try to lure business, but just part of how the area is marketing itself around the block and around the world.

“We have three parties interested in Plant 16, and one in Plant 20,” said city Economic Development Director Linda Dawson. “We feel like we’re probably going to be successful.”

The former Delco Remy and Guide Lamp buildings that once employed thousands of hourly workers have interest from companies Dawson said would use them for “auto manufacturing of some sort.” Plant 16 is located at 2316 Jefferson St., and Plant 20 is off of the 2800 block of East 38th Street.

Dawson said three of the parties interested in those two plants are from outside the area; one is in the area and looking at a possible expansion.

“I think Anderson is sitting in a very good position to start major development due to numerous reasons,” Dawson said. “The success of the Flagship Enterprise Center, we’re attracting a lot of alternative energy companies, and also the Nestle location and their expansion has helped the perception of us. It’s attracting interest from global companies.”

In a global economy, Anderson has set its sites on attracting business from China. Representatives from the city and the Anderson Corporation for Economic Development have traveled there and built what Dawson called serious leads. Another trip is planned in the fall.

Rob Sparks, executive director for ACED, said the area is well-situated geographically and technologically to take advantage of the emerging alternative energy economy.

“We have a very good location, good highway” and desirable rail service, Sparks said. “We have a tremendous influence on what’s going on in the country right now with alternative-powered automobiles, wind power and wehre this country is going.”

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