The Herald Bulletin

December 30, 2010

2010's Top Stories: Mixed bag for city's economic development


The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The year produced a mixed bag for economic development in Anderson. One of the vaunted newcomers, Bright Automotive, gained funding from Washington and a partnership with the new General Motors.

But Bright announced in November that its manufacturing plant for a planned 100-mile-per-gallon plug-in hybrid cargo vehicle would be built in Michigan.

Bright’s future in the Flagship Enterprise Park might not be as luminous as it once was, but other Flagship area concerns thrived. Affiliated Computer Services announced in November that it would add 300 jobs at its Flagship call center, and the Flagship eyed expansion on more than 150 acres west of the Nestle plant.

Meanwhile, some old facilities got new leases on life. S&S Steel announced in June that it was buying former GM Plant 20 and would create 150 jobs at the location northeast of 38th Street and Scatterfield Road.

Indianapolis-based Northwind Electronics announced it would locate in the former Delco Remy Plant 16 in the 2300 block of Jefferson Street, taking the last available former GM plant structure in the city. Other former GM plant locations received millions of dollars for environmental cleanup efforts as a result of the automaker’s bankruptcy.

Also this year, the city announced an infusion of about $3 million for infrastructure improvements at former General Motors plant sites along Scatterfield Road, including former Plant 18.