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    October 07, 2010
    Global Powertrain Supplier to Expand Muncie, Indiana Operations
    MUNCIE, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2010) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, together with automotive supplier Magna Powertrain, an operating group of Magna International, and the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance announced today the company’s plans to expand its transmission components manufacturing operations in Muncie, IN, creating approximately 50 new jobs through 2011.

    The company, which produces powertrain systems and components for the global automotive industry, will invest $14 million to relocate service-part operations to Delaware County. To accommodate the new business, Magna Powertrain will lease a 100,000-square-foot facility located at 1400 West Fuson Road and add more than 180 new assets including two assembly lines.

    “Magna Powertrain is the latest in a long list of companies to choose Indiana over competing locations thanks to our low-cost, low-tax business environment and highly productive workforce,” said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “With a world of options available, we are pleased to see Indiana continue to win new investment.”

    The Troy, Michigan-headquartered company, which employs approximately 9,000 associates worldwide, will begin adding engineers, operators and maintenance personnel early next year to accommodate the facility’s new operations. The building will be ready to accept equipment by December, with occupancy expected early first quarter.

    “On this project we have been fortunate to collaborate with many talented and committed people in Delaware County and the State of Indiana, people who understand our business and help us achieve common goals,” said Tom Rucker, Vice President, Stampings Group for Magna Powertrain. “The county and state both recognize the need for business-friendly programs, and as a result we’re pleased to be able to bring additional jobs and investment to the Muncie, Indiana area.”

    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Magna Powertrain of America up to $275,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. Delaware County is providing property tax abatement at the request of the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance.

    “Magna’s announcement today is very positive news for Muncie-Delaware County in terms of jobs and investment,” said Todd Donati, president of the Delaware County Commissioners. “This announcement not only shows that we can continue to expand our local footprint but also signals to the international community that Delaware County is a great place to do business.”

    Magna Powertrain’s decision to relocate additional work to Indiana comes just days after Area Development Magazine named Indiana the top state in the Midwest and 6th best in the nation for business, according to a survey of national site selection consultants.

    “The Economic Development Alliance and government leaders have been working with Magna officials for over 10 months in an effort to bring this project to our county. We are extremely pleased to see it come to fruition here in Delaware County, said Terry Murphy, Vice President, and Economic Development for the EDA”. The “shell building” program has again played a major role in attracting new jobs and investment to our area,” added Murphy.

    “This event today further solidifies Magna’s growth and commitment to our community, which is a very good sign for Muncie-Delaware County,” added Jay Julian, President and CEO of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

    About IEDC
    Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Mitch Roob serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC. For more information about IEDC, visit iedc.in.gov.

    About the Muncie-Delaware County EDA
    Vision 2011 is the Delaware County's five year economic development program and is administered by the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Advancement Corporation. More information.

    Media Contacts:
    Blair West (IEDC) – 317.232.8873 or bwest@iedc.in.gov
    Terry Murphy (Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance) – 765-751-9104 or tmurphy@muncie.com