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[IEDC] International Automotive Joint Venture Picks Indiana
Start Date: 12/16/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/16/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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EDINBURGH, Ind. (Dec. 16, 2013) – SAPP, Inc., an automotive supplier, announced plans to establish its first Indiana facility here, creating up to 37 new jobs by 2018. 

The company, which is a joint venture between Holland, Mich. and Hong Kong-based L.K. Machinery and Brescia, Italy-based SAPP S.p.A, plans to purchase, renovate and equip an existing facility at 600 South Kyle Street in Edinburgh. The 200,000 square-foot facility, which plans to begin operations early next year, will house the company’s repair and rebuilding operations for large die cast molds used in the automotive industry. 

“When presented with a world of options, manufacturing companies continue to choose Indiana as the place to put their expansion plans in gear,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “With an affordable cost of doing business, SAPP, Inc. has found a competitive advantage here in Indiana. We’re happy to welcome this joint venture to the Hoosier State, where I’m confident it will find the resources it needs for many years of success and growth.”  

The parent companies, which together employ more than 3,600 associates around the world, plan to immediately begin hiring SAPP, Inc.’s management and manufacturing associates. Interested applicants may apply in person. 

“SAPP, Inc. is pleased to launch this joint venture in Indiana to better serve our customers throughout North America,” said Bill Damian, president of L.K. Machinery. “The state’s pro-growth business environment and excellent regional workforce made Edinburgh an ideal location for this new facility.” 

Founded by companies with more than 30 years combined experience in manufacturing, SAPP, Inc. will repair and rebuild large die cast molds used to produce automotive components, such as engine blocks and transmission cases. Because of increased demand in the automotive industry to streamline expenses by reusing die cast molds, the company plans to use this facility to serve its growing North American customer base. 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered SAPP, Inc. up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Edinburgh approved additional tax abatement.  

“The people of Edinburgh and the town council are very pleased that SAPP Inc. has chosen Edinburgh, Ind. as the location for their business,” said Ron Hoffman, president of the Edinburgh Town Council. “We are very excited for this opportunity and are here to help them with anything that they would need to make this a success. The opportunity for new jobs and a business to come here is nothing but a great chance for Edinburgh to grow and let all companies know that would be interested in coming here that we are here to help. We would like to thank them for choosing our town for this venture.” 

Automotive suppliers continue to select Indiana as their ideal location for growth because of the state’s pro-growth business environment and skilled workforce. Just last week Mayco International, a designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior automotive parts and systems, announced plans to invest $2.88 million into its operations in Hartford City, Ind., creating up to 120 new jobs by 2016. 

About SAPP, Inc. 
SAPP, Inc. is a joint venture between L.K. Machinery, Inc. (founded in 1979), of Holland, Michigan and Hong Kong SAR and SAPP S.p.A. (founded in 1957) of Italy. L.K. Machinery manufactures die casting machinery, CNC machinery and injection molding machinery. SAPP S.p.A. is a manufacturer of new die cast dies used to produce automotive components, such as engine blocks and transmission cases. 

About IEDC 
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.  

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov


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Media Contacts:  
Bill Damian (SAPP, Inc.) – 616.796.0777 or bill@lkadvanatage.com 
Katelyn Hancock (IEDC) – 317.234.2294 or kahancock@iedc.in.gov
Contact Information:
Name: Katelyn Hancock
Phone: 317-234-2294
Email: kahancock@iedc.in.gov
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