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Wynright Corporation Expands Hobart, Indiana, Manufacturing Plant

09/19/2018
Wynright Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Daifuku North America, plans to expand its North American manufacturing capabilities with a purpose-built, state-of-the-art manufacturing complex and office in Hobart, Indiana.

The Hobart location maximizes operational efficiencies and favorably positions Daifuku Wynright in a facility with the ability to handle future growth opportunities. The new facility will consolidate two manufacturing operations under one roof, creating up to 582 new jobs in Indiana by the end of 2021.

The company, which manufactures intelligent material handling systems, will invest $26 million to construct and equip a 320,400-square-foot facility on 44 acres at the NorthWind Crossings business park along Interstate-65 in Hobart. Once complete, the new facility will significantly increase Daifuku Wynright's production capacity in North America, allowing the company to support increased demand from its clients.

Daifuku Wynright plans to break ground on the new facility this fall and begin production in Indiana by the end of 2019. The company anticipates needing to fill administrative, engineering and manufacturing positions locally as the Hobart facility ramps up and begins production.

“We are excited to expand Daifuku Wynright's North American operations, and our team is looking forward to the addition of a state-of-the-art facility to support our growing business," said Kevin Ambrose, President & CEO of Wynright Corporation. "It was important for us to expand in the Chicagoland area, and we worked hard to find a property that satisfied our growth expectations while preserving jobs and remaining cost effective. Once we had identified a potential site, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation helped us quantify and validate the great, desirable cost of living and easy access to interstates that were present in Hobart. They were extremely supportive of our efforts."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Wynright Corporation up to $5.9 million in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until workers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Hobart and NIPSCO have approved additional incentives.

“Indiana is a leader in manufacturing, with one in five Hoosiers employed in the industry, and I’m excited to welcome Daifuku Wynright to our great state,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “With a pro-growth business climate, dynamic communities and land ripe for development, Indiana is the perfect destination for companies like Daifuku Wynright looking to expand and leverage a skilled workforce to propel its success.”

“The city of Hobart is pleased to welcome Daifuku Wynright, a world-class company, to our city," said Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor. "I am proud that Wynright has chosen Hobart as the location of their new facility. We have worked diligently with the company over the past year to bring this project to the finish line. Wynright’s investment will result not only in the addition of millions of dollars of increased assessed value to the city, but also in the creation of hundreds of construction and full-time jobs in Hobart. Daifuku Wynright's development is a capstone project for Northwind Crossings, a premier industrial park within our community. I appreciate Wynright’s commitment to Hobart and look forward to working with the company in the years to come."

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