Auto parts supplier plans Indiana factory, 253 jobs

An auto parts supplier says it will open new factory in southern Indiana by early next year where it plans to employ up to 253 workers by the end of 2017.

Tenneco Inc. announced Wednesday that work is underway preparing an existing 150,000-square-foot building in a Jeffersonville industrial park for the factory.

The Lake Forest, Illinois-based company says it expects production will start at the America Place Business Park at the River Ridge Commerce Center by January, with workers building catalytic converters and other emission-control products for companies including Ford and General Motors.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is offering Tenneco about $1.3 million in conditional tax credits and $119,000 in training grants based on its hiring plans.

Tenneco says it now has about 26,000 employees worldwide, with 1,200 workers in Indiana at factories in Angola, Elkhart and Ligonier.

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