Gov. Mitch Daniels and executives from Advanced Metal Technologies of Indiana, Inc. (AMT), a member of the Whitesell Group of companies, have announced the company will locate its operations here, creating up to 350 new jobs by 2015.
In December 2011, AMT acquired the assets of MKM Machine Tool Company, Inc. which had operated in Jeffersonville since 1953. AMT, which manufactures complex metal and plastic parts for the automotive and industrial markets, will invest $19 million to lease, renovate and equip the 310,000 square-foot former MKM plant at 100 Technology Way.
“It is no longer a surprise to anyone when a great company like AMT chooses Indiana, given seven consecutive years of record jobs commitments and top ratings in every analysis of business attractiveness,” said Daniels. “But you’re going to see more and more businesses select Southeast Indiana, which is rapidly becoming one of our most requested sites.”
AMT, which opened the doors of its Jeffersonville facility in December, has already hired more than 130 associates, including 106 former MKM employees. It plans to continue to fill production, engineering, sales, administrative and management positions over the next few years.
“With our world-class design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, the future looks bright for AMT,” said Neil Whitesell, owner and chief executive officer of Whitesell Group. “Indiana was selected as the location for AMT because of the state’s pro-business climate and strong workforce. AMT is committed to the state and will continue to invest, create new jobs and be a new model for American manufacturing.”
Founded in 1970, Whitesell Group operates manufacturing and distribution facilities at 14 locations across North America. In addition to AMT in Jeffersonville, the group also operates Whitesell Indiana which has operations in Avon and Plainfield.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Advanced Metal Technologies of Indiana, Inc. up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.
“The city of Jeffersonville is excited to welcome AMT to southern Indiana,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. “To attract a company of this caliber to our corporate community is indicative of Jeffersonville’s open arms approach to new business attraction and job creation.”
AMT’s plans to locate in Clark County come on the heels of Amazon.com’s recent announcement that it will open its fifth Indiana fulfillment center in Jeffersonville, adding more than 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. Amazon officials said Indiana’s business-friendly approach has supported the continued expansion of the Fortune 500 company in the Hoosier State, which is home to thousands of Amazon employees.