logo

Japanese auto supplier expands US operations

By: Rhoda Miel

October 1, 2013

A Japanese auto supplier is preparing to launch an expansion of its U.S. operations that will more than double its employee base in the region.

Heartland Automotive LLC, a subsidiary of Shigeru Co. Ltd. of Ota, Japan, announced Sept. 27 that it will add 224 jobs in Lafayette, Ind., as part of its growth strategy. Heartland now employs 90 people in Lafayette, making interior and exterior trim for Subaru vehicles assembled in Lafayette.

“The market for selling cars in the United States is solid and our proximity to our customers and suppliers in Indiana is ideal,” said Ronan Miot, senior vice president of Heartland, in a news release.

Heartland will begin hiring for manufacturing, engineering and management positions in the coming months. The company expects to complete its expansion plans by 2016.

The state of Indiana has offered Heartland $340,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on its job plans.