Shown above taking part in the ceremonial turning of earth are State Rep. Terry Goodin, ACIN Team leader Justin Darlage, ACIN president Masayuki Isogami, Aisin Chemical Co. LTD. president Kanichi Shimizu, Gov. Mike Pence and Aisin Holdings of America, Inc. president Masayasu Saito, Senior Director of Aisin Chemical Hideto Nakagawa, Crothersville Town Council President Ardell Mitchell, and State Rep. Jim Lucas. At rear is ACIN General Manager Tim Carter who emceed the event.
Aisin Chemical Indiana LLC broke ground last Wednesday for a new $30 million 100,000 square foot manufacturing plant that will add nearly 100 jobs. Aisin Chemical will be making friction material for automatic transmission clutch discs, sound deadening spray and anti-corrosion paint for the automotive market at the expanded Crothersville plant.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was on hand for the groundbreaking. “We are proving once again Indiana is open for business,” Pence said during the groundbreaking ceremony.
Pence said the selection of Jackson County as a location in 2006 for Aisin Chemical to build and grow is a “testament to the people of Jackson County.”
“Aisin is a global company, you searched the world, but you came here. We thank you for believing in the community, this county, and the state of Indiana,” Pence said.
“This is an exciting day in the short history of ACIN. Just one year after breaking ground for our just completed expansion, here we are again,” said Aisin Chemical President Kanichi Shimizu. “With the plant we hope to expand our customer base to include the US domestic automotive market.
“It has been the long standing good working relationship we have with the people of Crothersville and Jackson County that made the decision to locate and expand here, said ACIN president Masayuki Isogami.
Aisin Companies employ about 3,000 workers in six plants in Indiana. Four of those facilities, ACIN, Aisin Drivetrain, Aisin USA and Aisin Corporate headquarters are in Jackson County.
Construction of the new facility is hoped to be completed by the spring of 2016.
The groundbreaking ceremony concluded with a presentation by Isogami of $3,000 checks to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs operated by Seymour Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and educational programs operated by Crothersville Community Schools.