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Mayor touts a ‘great thing’ in Huntington

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016

By Dan McGowan, Writer/Reporter
INside Indiana Business

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters believes the city has landed the largest single capital investment by a company in its history. Michigan-based Continental Structural Plastics Inc. plans to pump $33.5 million into a new facility adjacent to its current plant, creating 80 jobs over the next four years.

Fetters tells Inside INdiana Business other communities were considered for the expansion, but Huntington stood out for several reasons including its proven, manufacturing-focused workforce and the way in which city, county and state economic development leaders have come together. “Number one, they’re familiar with Huntington,” Fetters said. “Our permitting processes are easy. The quality of life here that the workforce enjoys, and that new workers coming to the area can enjoy here in our community, I think is part. The fact that they knew Huntington as a host to their business was a lot of what drove them to Huntington.” He also credited CSP plant manager Jerry Reid as a key in bringing the new facility to the northeast Indiana city.

The new jobs are expected to be added by 2020 and pay higher-than-county-average wages. CSP has over 320 employees in Huntington. The company manufactures plastic components for vehicles including the Chevrolet Corvette and in 2013, cut the ribbon on a $6.9 million expansion of its existing factory.