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Auto supplier bringing 160 jobs to Allen County

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 7:10 am

Ground Effects, an automotive installer of spray-in bed liners, will locate a new facility in southern Allen County near the General Motors assembly plant, state economic development officials announced Wednesday.

The company will create up to 160 jobs by 2017, it said.

“This facility will allow General Motors to provide automotive accessories at the factory level instead of shipping out of state or installing at the aftermarket level, which is a huge benefit to Allen County – the home of both light and heavy-duty truck manufacturing,” said Jim Scott, president of Ground Effects, in a news release.

The Ontario, Canada-headquartered company will invest $3.4 million to lease and equip a 40,000-square-foot facility at 13204 Aboite Road in Roanoke. The facility, which will be operational by December, will process bed liners and other automotive accessories for Roanoke’s General Motors plant.

Ground Effects, which currently employs more than 600 full-time associates across North America, will begin hiring for all production-related positions later this year. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting www.gfxltd.com/employment.

Founded in 1986, Ground Effects is a tier-one supplier for major automotive manufacturers. By centralizing operations near GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Roanoke, the company plans to initially install 20,000 bed liners a year, with full production expected to eventually reach 50,000 a year. Ground Effects also operates locations across Canada, Michigan, Kentucky and Missouri.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Ground Effects up to $825,000 in conditional tax credits 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. Allen County will consider additional tax abatement at the request of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.