Auto supplier Inteva Products will invest more than $42 million to expand operations in Bluffton, Ind., expecting to create more than 400 jobs.
A spokeswoman for Troy, Mich.-based Inteva said the plant will manufacture door trim at the site, including injection molding.
Economic development group the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership said in a March 18 news release that Inteva will lease an existing 260,000-square-foot plant in Bluffton.
Inteva will renovate and bring in new equipment for manufacturing and assembly and expects the site to be fully operational by the summer of 2021.
The project was in the planning stages for some time, long before the current impact of the coronavirus epidemic, and the announcement was timed for local government approval, the Inteva spokeswoman said.
"We are focused on managing the day-to-day challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but remain committed to fulfilling the long-term needs of our customers and their production plans for 2021 and beyond," she said.
The company will begin hiring during the summer, the partnership said in its release, seeking employees for production, finance, human resources, engineering and quality.
Inteva opened in 2008, spun off from Delphi Automotive, which was itself spun off from General Motors.
It employs 9,000 people at 30 sites worldwide.
Inteva President and CEO Lon Offenbacher is scheduled to be interviewed as part of PN's Plastics In Automotive digital event on March 23.