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CSP expands Corvette production in Huntington

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), an exterior body panels and structural composites components supplier, announced plans on Wednesday, November 14 that it is expanding its operations at 1890 Riverfork Drive in the Riverfork Industrial Park, Huntington. A $6.3 million investment by the Michigan-based company will renovate and equip the current 203,000 square-foot Huntington facility creating 50 new jobs by 2015.

The investment at CSP will accommodate a new production line for 2015 Corvette model body panels, which is expected to be operational by spring 2013. The company also manufactures products for other General Motors and Ford vehicles and sells to customers in the heavy truck, agriculture and building construction industries. Jerry Reid is the manager of the Huntington CSP plant.

CSP currently has 286 full-time employees in Huntington and has already begun hiring additional production, logistics, engineering and administrative associates according to company officials. Frank Macher, chief executive officer of CSP, said that CSP is very proud of the accomplishments of its team in Huntington. He continued, “Much has been achieved since our start-up three years ago. The partnership we have with the state of Indiana and city of Huntington has been remarkable. The business friendly policies and low-tax environment have made continued investment in our Huntington plant a very easy decision. We are pleased to manufacture products for the newest model of one of America’s most iconic vehicles – the Corvette – at our Huntington facility.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered CSP up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Huntington will consider a property tax abatement on the project.

In a written statement Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters said, “CSP has made a huge impact in our city in a very short period of time as one of the newest and largest employers.” He continued, “It’s an honor for me to serve as mayor of the city which produces the bodies for the Chevy Corvette and other well-known cars like Lincoln MKS and parts for Chevy Volt. I am very proud of the team at CSP and really appreciate their commitment to Huntington.”

CSP began in Huntington in August 2010 with a $9.1 million investment. The company located in the former Meridian Automotive Systems Inc. plant after CSP moved from northwest Ohio. Founded in 1969, today CSP employs more than 1,890 people at six production facilities across the Midwest. It specializes in compression molding and provides products and services to automotive manufacturers.