Accelerating Manufacturing Growth

Industry analysts expect overall growth in manufacturing to speed up in the second half of this year and grow even more in 2018.

By the BF Staff
From the March/April 2017 Issue

According to 2017-2018 projections from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), overall growth in manufacturing should accelerate this year and grow even more in 2018, but this trend will benefit some sectors while others slow down.

Total machinery production will post growth of one percent in 2017 and three percent in 2018, MAPI projects. Commercial and service industry machinery equipment should consistently post moderate growth over the next three years.

Engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment is used for freight, natural gas transmission, marine engines, and electric power. MAPI forecasts that this sector will rebound from a decline in 2016 and post at least one percent growth in 2017 followed by a four percent jump in 2018.

Household appliance production should grow three percent in 2017 and two percent in 2018. Fabricated metals production will grow 1 percent in 2017 and two percent in 2018.

Industrial machinery is capital equipment for specific nonmetallic manufacturing industries such as woodworking, plastics, paper, textiles, printing, food products and semiconductors. MAPI projects that industrial machinery production will grow by two percent in 2017, and three percent in 2018.

The HVAC production forecast is for a 1% decline in 2016, 4% growth in 2017, and 4% gain in 2018.

The HVAC production forecast is for four percent growth in 2017 and a four percent gain in 2018. Pharmaceutical and medicine production increase by two percent 2017 and rise by three percent in 2018.

Mining and oil and gas field machinery production, which were clobbered by the energy sector decline early last year, should expand by at least 16 percent in 2018, MAPI projects.


Over the past two decades advanced auto manufacturing has become a powerhouse industry in Southern Indiana. As one of the fastest growth sectors for the state’s economy, the industry shows no signs of slowing.

Accelerating Manufacturing Growth
Japanese-owned ATTC Manufacturing specializes in machined auto components, including brake drums and differential cases, which it supplies to automotive assembly plants in Indiana. (Photo: Hoosier Energy)

Among the dozens of massive auto manufacturing facilities dotting the landscape across the state is Japanese-owned ATTC Manufacturing, Inc. Specializing in machining brake drums, brake rotors, engine caps, steering knuckles, carriers and differential cases, the company ships more than 10 million parts to customers annually, including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru and GM.

ATTC Manufacturing is among a bevy of Japanese investments in Southern Indiana that have been key contributors to the auto-manufacturing boom. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation reports there are more than 260 Japanese business establishments in Indiana that employ more than 53,000 workers. Among all U.S. states, Indiana has the largest amount of Japanese investment per capita and is the only U.S. state that is home to three Japanese automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) companies.

ATTC Manufacturing is part of Japan-based Aisin Seiki, which employs more than 83,000 people across the world, including approximately 2,900 in Indiana at 10 companies including Aisin USA Manufacturing, Aisin Drivetrain in Crothersville, Aisin Chemical Indiana in Crothersville, ADVICS in Terre Haute, Aisin Logistics in Franklin, and INTAT Precision in Rushville.

Nestled along the Ohio River in Tell City in Perry County, ATTC Manufacturing opened in 2000 and has seen steady industry growth in the state mirrored in its own operations. It has seen three major expansions since its beginnings, adding 66,200 square feet in 2002, 55,170 square feet in 2005 and 71,577 square feet in 2006. The company also capitalizes on existing space to add new production lines with 70 new lines added during the past several years, including most recently nine new lines for Honda and two additional lines for Subaru. The expansive plant now encompasses 380,000 square feet situated on 35 acres.

The company employs 580 people working two shifts up to seven days a week. Reliable power is one of the key factors to its successful operations. Located in Hoosier Energy territory, ATTC Manufacturing is serviced by Southern Indiana Power, one of the energy provider’s 18-member distribution cooperatives.

“Our power supply is absolutely crucial to our facility. At any given moment we can have over 500 machines running,” said ATTC Manufacturing Plant Manager Chad James. “A blip in our power supply can mean ruining parts that are in process, or worse yet, losing a machine, and could easily result in a cost of $20,000 to $30,000 due to a power problem.”

Southern Indiana Power, which supplies power to more than 8,500 homes and businesses, has worked with ATTC Manufacturing to ensure that a reliable power source is in place. In the past decade, Southern Indiana Power and Hoosier Energy invested over $1 million to build a dedicated substation for the plan—giving it fewer interruptions and more predictability for how energy demands are handled.

When the company opened it operated at a 500 kWh load, and has grown to become as Southern Indiana Power’s third-largest customer.

In addition to the substation, Hoosier Energy invested another $50,000 to install an underground distribution loop around the plant to further improve reliability. The loop allows Southern Indiana Power to quickly isolate any power issues and get the plant back online much faster.

“Because of their sheer size and need for constant service, we deemed this enhanced service absolutely necessary for ATTC,” said Steve Seibert, president and chief executive officer of Southern Indiana Power.

Southern Indiana Power works closely with customers like ATTC Manufacturing to proactively meet their needs and plan for the expansions and plant reconfigurations.

“We meet yearly to look at potential energy needs, knowing that infrastructure upgrades may need a six to eight month lead time. We also talk monthly to monitor usage and take advantage of the real-time data so that we can advise ATTC about efficiency, rebate programs and incentives and how we can improve load distribution,” said Seibert.

Real-time data monitoring coupled with rapid solutions and response time have become key to energy efficiency as the manufacturing landscape in the area has changed over the years. The area once known primarily for wood working factories with lower energy demands has evolved into expansive plants with high-tech machinery that have much greater demands for energy and consistent power.

James, who has been with ATTC Manufacturing for 10 years, has seen the Southern Indiana community respond to the influx of advanced auto manufacturing. From employees willing to make a transition to a new industry to utility providers, he sees the community network growing stronger.

“We are a Japanese company that strives for perfect execution of our operations and Southern Indiana Power has been a great partner in helping us achieve our mission,” said James. “I am always pleasantly surprised with how proactive they are. They have the quickest response time of any utility and are always armed with countermeasures to alleviate any issue we have.”

Seibert expects that the area will continue to evolve as advanced manufacturing and the associated supply chain for the industry expand. Southern Indiana Power is committed to be part of the changing landscape.

“At the end of the day we are here to assist our customers and make sure their needs are met,” added Seibert. “We have a vested interest in helping them do well, they are part of our community and their success means stability in jobs and growth for our area—ultimately we are all in this together our customers are our members, our owners.”

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, IN. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy provides a full array of economic development and key account services to commercial and industrial facilities and the communities they call home. Hoosier Energy operates coal, natural gas and renewable energy power plants and delivers power through nearly 1,700 miles of transmission network.


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