Italian auto jobs coming to Indiana

ANDERSON, Ind. –The communities of Speedway and Anderson have received some great economic news at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The auto show in Detroit gives car enthusiasts an opportunity to see what’s driving the automotive world. It also gives cities and states around the country the opportunity to attract jobs.

That is why Indiana Governor Mike Pence made the trip to Michigan.

“We also got some great news. Sirmax is coming to Anderson, Indiana. OMR is coming to Speedway, Indiana. These suppliers from Italy are going to be locating in the U.S. for the very first time and they chose Indiana for their new facilities,” the governor told Eyewitness News by phone from Detroit.

Sirmax, a supplier of plastic compounds for the automotive and appliance industries, is planning to invest $25.6 million into a new 140,000-square-foot facility.

“It is a great opportunity. Fifty jobs. It’s an Italian company. We are going to see them grow even more over the years and we are up here with Sirmax to find even more leads on jobs,” Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said.

Smith, who is also attending the Auto Show in Detroit, says Sirmax is the second Italian company to locate in Anderson, but he was also quick to point out that several boards have to weigh in before the project gets final approval.

“This timeline, we will have to have approval from some of our local boards and commissions. For instance, our city council and economic development board will have to make approval of this project,” said Smith, a Republican.

Sirmax will be building here on the former Guide Lamp site, but the hope is the plant will be fully operational by October, which means there is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.

OMR is an auto supplier for the Fiat Group. It is planning to invest $10 million in Speedway and create 60 new jobs by 2016.