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CSP brings economic spark to Huntington

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016

The manager of a Michigan company’s Huntington operations says a $33.5 million expansion is a testament to the region's “second to none” workforce. Jerry Reid joined Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Indiana Economic Development Corp. president Jim Schellinger for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 10 at Continental Structural Plastics. Reid says new product lines sparked the need for the project, which could result in up to 160 new jobs.

Mayor Fetters believes the expansion marks the largest single capital investment by a company in the city’s history. Last month, he told Inside INdiana Business that Huntington beat out other communities for the expansion thanks to the region’s workforce and economic development efforts. Fetters also gives credit the city’s quality of life and easy permitting processes.

CSP makes plastic components for vehicles, and currently has about 320 employees in Huntington. Reid expects that to grow to close to 500 workers by the end of 2020. He says the company is hiring for positions including technical support, hourly floor workers and salaried engineers.

Others that took part include CSP chief executive officer Frank Macher, Steve Rooney, president and chief operations officer, and Jon Smith, chief financial officer. The manufacturer is acquiring six acres of land to add about 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Shown in the groundbreaking photo, from left, are Huntington County Commissioner president Tom Wall; Jerry Reid, CSP operations manager, Huntington plant; Mark Wickersham, executive director, Huntington County Economic Development; Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Jon Smith, chief financial officer, CSP; Steve Rooney, president and chief operations officer, CSP; and Frank Macher, chairman and chief executive officer, CSP.