Sullair, a Hitachi Group Company and manufacturer of compressed air solutions, plans to invest nearly $30 million and expand its manufacturing capacity in Michigan City, Indiana.
According to company officials expansion plans include the upgrade, purchase and installation of machinery and equipment valued at $16.2 million. An 80,000 square foot expansion for mixed assembly, manufacturing, and inventory facilities will also be constructed, valued at $8.2 million in real estate. With this expansion Sullair plans to hire 33 additional employees.
Sullair COO and Executive Vice President Charlie Takeuchi said, “Michigan City has been our home since 1965. Since Hitachi acquired Sullair, our partnership and commitment to the local community has only grown. We’re pleased to continue to make significant local investments in Michigan City, Indiana, all while ensuring we better serve our end customers.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Sullair up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. In addition, the expansion was approved for a tax abatement at Michigan City’s Common Council on October 1, 2019. Tax abatement approval will allow the company to expand and improve reliability and retainment.
“The Hitachi Group’s decision to expand its Michigan City-based subsidiary Sullair continues a long trend of Japanese companies choosing Indiana for growth,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “As we work to strengthen Indiana’s global economy, we’re committed to building stronger relationships with long-term investors like the Hitachi Group, which is why we were pleased to meet with the company in Tokyo just last month. We’re proud of our strong partnership with Japan, which now supports nearly 320 business facilities in Indiana, and look forward to more milestones ahead as companies like Sullair grow and create more career opportunities for Hoosiers.”
“I am very excited about the significant investment Sullair A Hitachi Group Company, is making in our community, they are a global company who provide excellent employment opportunities,” stated Mayor Ron Meer. “Sullair is a great community partner; this expansion clearly demonstrates their commitment to Michigan City and my administration will continue to support their growth moving forward.”