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$21M Greenville Technology plant will bring 325 jobs to Anderson
INDIANA — Automotive supplier Greenville Technology Inc. has announced plans to locate a new plant in Anderson, Ind., that will create 325 new jobs by 2016.
GTI designs and produces a variety of interior and exterior components for the automobile industry and is one of Honda’s largest suppliers of plastic components in North America. The Greenville, Ohio-based company produces more than 2 million parts per month, primarily for the Honda Accord, CRV, Civic and Acura models.
“This new plant is needed due to capacity limitations and a tight labor market in Greenville, Ohio,” said Bill LaFramboise, executive vice president of GTI. “It will also provide us with improved efficiencies and flexibilities to meet our customer’s needs. We chose Indiana, and specifically Anderson, because of the availability of a good site, cooperative government and a plentiful workforce.”
GTI plans to invest more than $21 million to construct and equip an injection molding and assembly plant on 25 acres in Anderson’s Flagship Certified Technology Park. Construction on the 150,000-s.f. plant is already under way, with operations scheduled to begin in January 2013.
“We knew that Honda coming to Indiana would trigger a host of other new jobs and today is the latest of many examples,” said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
1.3M-s.f. Macy’s center to have 1,200 permanent employees
WEST VIRGINIA — Macy’s Inc. has opened a 1.3 million-s.f. distribution and fulfillment center in Martinsburg, W. Va., that is part of the Cincinnati-based company’s “omnichannel” strategy of creating a seamless operation between brick-and-mortar stores and electronic sales.
At the July 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Macy’s Chairman, President and CEO Terry J. Lundgren said the company’s online sales grew 40 percent last year and have already grown another 30 percent this year. Macy’s anticipates seeing $2 billion in online sales this year, “and at this rate of growth, it will soon be $3 and $4 billion,” Lundgren added.
At top capacity, the $150 million Martinsburg facility will have the capability of packing 15,000 items per hour for shipping.
Macy’s expects to hire 900 permanent full-time, 300 permanent part-time and 700 temporary seasonal workers within the next five years to staff the new facility. According to local published reports, the annual payroll is estimated at around $30 million.
Macy’s considered nearly 160 different locations before selecting Martinsburg, in large part due to its easy access to Interstate 81 and a location central to the Mid-Atlantic region.