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Auto parts maker to add 130 jobs in Princeton

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Automotive component maker Windsor Machine Group will invest more than $4 million to establish a manufacturing facility in southwest Indiana, eventually creating as many as 130 jobs, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced early Wednesday.

The Canadian company will lease an existing 25,000 square-foot building in Princeton. It plans to begin hiring immediately; production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010. 

Windsor will make headrests for vehicles built at the Toyota plant in Princeton. Workers at the new facility also will fulfill contracts with automakers General Motors and Ford. The company also makes exhaust suspension systems and structural brackets, among other components.

"We have made the commitment to Gibson County and we are moving forward outfitting the building we are leasing from Gibson County Warehousing Incorporated," Chief Financial Officer David Zultek said in a prepared statement.

The IEDC offered Windsor up to $275,000 in performance-based tax credits and $39,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. Gibson County will provide additional property tax abatement at the request of the Gibson County Economic Development Corporation.

Windsor's decision comes just two months after glass manufacturer Schott North America, announced it would invest more than $7.2 million to expand its Vincennes manufacturing operations, creating 150 new jobs.

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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