Industrial revolution

Arvin Sango celebrates
Madison expansion

Addition to create
40 new jobs to help support Toyota

Staff Report

(July 2007) – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman joined executives from Toyota supplier Arvin Sango Inc. in Madison, Ind., on June 29 to announce the company’s plans to expand its operations, creating 40 new jobs.

Yasushi Kuniminato and Sig Huber

Photo by Don Ward

Arvin Sango Inc. president Yasushi
Kuniminato (left) and Toyota’s
Sig Huber (right) present Girls Inc.
director Susan Stahl with a check
for $20,000 for an expansion.

The company plans to invest more than $42 million to modernize its Indiana operations, adding a 170,000 square-foot manufacturing facility and new production equipment.
“Southern Indiana continues to be a leader in advanced manufacturing,” said Skillman. “More and more companies are recognizing that Indiana is a great place to do business, and we’re glad Arvin Sango selected Indiana for this expansion.”
Founded in 1986 as a joint venture between Japan-based Sango Inc. and Michigan-based ArvinMeritor (now EMCON Technologies), Arvin Sango Inc. currently employs 693 at its Madison facility. 
“For more than 20 years, Arvin Sango has enjoyed the privilege of supplying Toyota, and it’s been an honor to have our partnership with Sango,” said Buddy Wacaser, president and chief executive officer of EMCON Technologies. “We are very happy to be part of the planned growth and look forward to the next 20 years.”
The expansion marks the second phase of a three-year expansion at the site. The company will begin hiring new production associates later this year with plans of hiring 39 new associates by 2009.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered the company up to $1.5 million in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s announced job creation and capital investment plans.  The City of Madison offered the company property tax abatement worth more than $2.6 million.
“Arvin Sango, Inc is an excellent corporate citizen,” said Mayor Al Huntington.  “Their continued growth in Madison represents a new wave of industrial growth for our community.”

Becky Skillman

Photo by Don Ward

Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman
helps celebrate Arvin Sango Inc.’
expansion announcement June 29
in Madison. She was among a large
contingent of dignitaries who took
part in the announcement and later
toured the site aboard the
Madison Trolley.

As part of the announcement, Arvin Sango Inc. and Toyota announced plans to donate $20,000 to Girls Inc. of Jefferson County. The gift is part of Toyota’s Community Connection program, a philanthropy program aimed at supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where the automotive manufacturer and its suppliers do business.
About Arvin Sango Inc. is a product of the joint effort of two companies — Arvin Industries Inc. (now EMCON Technologies.) and Sango Co. Ltd. Arvin Sango supplies stampings, exhaust systems, manifolds, converter systems, instrument panels and door impact beams to Toyota. Arvin Sango was established 20 years ago as a 50-50 joint venture with Arvin Industries Inc. and Sango Co. Ltd. of Japan. Arvin Sango employs 900 members and operates three manufacturing plants in the United States. 
The newly created EMCON Technologies is a leader in the global emission technology industry. The company serves worldwide light and commercial vehicle manufacturers. The $3 billion business has operations in 19 countries, 7,500 employees and several long-term joint venture relationships. EMCON is privately owned by One Equity Partners, an equity investment firm based in New York.

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