Auto parts firm plans Fort Wayne expansion, adding 313 workers

An auto parts supplier plans to expand its operations providing components for the General Motors truck assembly plant in Fort Wayne, creating up to 313 jobs by the end of 2018.

Michigan-based Android Industries plans to spend nearly $15 million on expanding its current Fort Wayne factory and opening a new plant nearby for subsidiary Avancez. The companies said Tuesday they expect to start expanded production next summer.

Android will expand its existing 59,000-square-foot operation at 13008 Fogwell Parkway Road, leasing additional space to occupy the entire 112,000-square-foot building. In addition, Avancez will lease a 300,000-square-foot facility less than one mile away at 12808 Stonebridge Road.

Both firms manufacture and assemble specialty equipment and complex modules for the automotive industry. Android now has about 70 workers in Fort Wayne. The vast majority of the new hires will work in the Avancez facility, according to a company representative.

The companies, which together employ more than 2,000 associates globally, will begin hiring assemblers, material coordinators, maintenance technicians, engineers and other skilled personnel in September. They expect to be operating in their new spaces by next July. The $14.7 million investment mainly will cover new equipment.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered Android up to $2 million in conditional tax credits and $200,000 in training grants based on the job-creation plans.

Founded in 1988, Android Industries operates 17 plants worldwide with locations in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Mexico and Spain. Avancez was founded in 2011 and provides complex assembly and supply chain solutions for the automotive industry.

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