NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WANE) - Oji Intertech Inc., a Japan-owned automotive and industrial parts manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its operations in Wabash County, creating up to 33 new jobs by 2021.
“Oji Intertech’s decision to expand in Wabash County 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 Oji Intertech and with our government and industry partners abroad. We're proud of our strong partnership with Japan, which now supports 290 business facilities in Indiana, and look forward to even more milestones ahead thanks to companies like Oji Intertech.”
The company, which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-headquartered Oji Interpack Co. Ltd, will invest $4.5 million to double its 80,000-square-foot plant at 906 W. Hanley Road in North Manchester, adding another 80,000 square feet to support its quickly-growing U.S. client base. Oji Intertech, which specializes in compression molding, diecutting, assembly and extrusion coating, plans to upgrade its machinery and equipment to allow for an additional two molding lines starting in 2020. Scheduled to be fully operational by 2022, these enhancements will help the company boost its production of components for the automotive and industrial packaging industries.
“The additional investment into our North Manchester facility is the direct result of the sustained efforts of our employees and the positive business environment that both the state and county have created," said Rick Sereno, president of Oji Intertech.
Oji Intertech, which also has a location in Michigan, currently has 101 full-time associates at its North Manchester-based facility. The company has started hiring and plans to add manufacturing positions focused in production molding. Interested applicants may apply online.