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Italian Automotive Supplier Expands in Indiana

Aug. 6, 2013
The company will add an advanced tube extrusion line at its Indianapolis plant.

Reflex & Allen Group, a manufacturer of pneumatic, electrical and fluid systems for truck and engine markets, recently expanded its operations in Indianapolis.

The Italy-based company located its first U.S. facility in Indianapolis in 2012. This is the second phase of its investment plans, which includes adding an advanced tube extrusion line.

"When deciding where to locate a facility in the United States, a detailed analysis was conducted considering key points such as transport links, supply base, customer base, available skills, labor pools, right to work and cost of manufacture amongst many other smaller factors,” explained David Blackburn, managing director and general manager of Reflex & Allen North America.

“When comparing individual states to determine the location of our first facility in the United States, it was very apparent, very early on that Indiana ticked all of the boxes as to our requirements," Blackburn added.

The expansion will create 97 new jobs by 2014.

Founded in 1988, Reflex & Allen manufactures products for the commercial heavy duty truck and engine original equipment manufacturers around the world. The company has manufacturing locations in Italy, United Kingdom, China, India and now the United States that service their own local markets. 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Reflex & Allen Group up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $28,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. The city of Indianapolis approved additional tax abatement at the request of Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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