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Gov. Holcomb commends Bendix

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb proclaimed Oct. 8 “manufacturing day,” to highlight 22 companies’ plans to locate or expand in Indiana, including Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems located on Riverfork Drive, in Huntington.

The 22 companies highlighted in his press release plan to invest more than $154 million and create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next several years. Currently, Indiana ranks No. 2 in the nation for adding manufacturing jobs, growing at a rate of 25 percent and adding more than 100,000 jobs since 2009, according to the Governor’s Office.

“Each day, Hoosiers across the state are developing new solutions and creating crucial products that are shipped to customers across the globe,” Holcomb said in a statement. “I’m honored to proclaim today National Manufacturing Day in Indiana, recognizing the 8,500 businesses in all corners of the state, and to join in celebrating 22 manufacturers that are committing to even more growth here, creating new opportunities for Indiana workers and their families.”

Here in Huntington, Bendix recently invested $3.8 million to renovate, upgrade and equip its existing Modules Center, launching two new production lines. Bendix expects to create nearly 50 new jobs to support it’s recent growth.

The expansion also included updates to reduce pollution, while expanding operations.

“Even in the midst of production upswings, we never forget our tremendous responsibility to be an environmentally conscious corporate citizen. Our mindset as a company is to see business-growth efforts – such as adding production lines at Huntington – as opportunities for sustainability improvements as well,” Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, said. “In the case of our expansion, we committed to transforming the facility in energy use reduction, carbon footprint shrinking, and waste diversion.”

Bendix manufactures safety technologies, energy management solutions and air brake charging and control systems for commercial vehicles, like trucks, trailers and buses. The Ohio-based company and offshoot of the Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group has been operating in Huntington County for nearly 40 years.

In 2012, the company built its Bendix Remanufactured Shoe Center in Huntington and expanded its operations in 2014. In 2016, the company launched its Manufactured Again Certification program, in which it remanufactured 1.2 million brake shoes, 160,000 air dryer cartridges an more than 200,000 air compressor components.

The company also expects to invest $1.5 million over the next three years to open a fifth building that will expand its distribution capabilities as well as its module manufacturing.