The Italian company OMR Automotive is going to build of a $10 million, 43,000-square-foot production facility on a 5-acre lot in Speedway, Indiana, United State. The agreement was signed with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Speedway Redevelopment Commission (SRC).
Established in 1919, OMR is an automotive production group headquartered in Brescia, Northern Italy. The company manufactures automotive parts and assemblies, including chassis and suspension components, engine supports, finished goods and protection, anti-snag and fastening devices. The company is a worldwide supplier for car manufacturers in the Fiat Chrysler Group including Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Jeep, Ferrari and Maserati. It also serves General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota and Ford.
OMR will begin hiring employees to serve in engineering, administration, production line, quality control, machine operation and equipment mechanics before the end of the year, with plans to create up to 60 new jobs by 2016.
“OMR’s North American headquarters will be in great hands with Hoosiers in the driver’s seat,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Indiana’s motor vehicle industry is prominent around the world. Japanese companies like Toyota, Honda and Subaru helped launch the international automotive presence in Indiana that has multiplied in recent years to now include Italian companies like OMR, proving Indiana is a state that works for the automotive industry.”
OMR said it chose the Speedway site for its North American headquarters in part because of its close proximity to other automotive manufacturers. It has 10 production sites in Italy and others in Brazil, Morocco, India and China (in the picture).
“Indiana stands out as the ideal place for our North American home base, situated in Speedway, a town known the world over for its legacy in auto racing,” said Marco Bonometti, chairman of OMR. “Our team looked across the region for a place that would maximize growth opportunities for our world-class manufacturing operations, building parts for cars on roads all around the world today. We were impressed with the tax structure and affordable business climate in Indiana and look forward to a long future here.”
The IEDC will provide the Speedway Redevelopment Commission with up to $1 million in infrastructure assistance from the state’s Industrial Development Grant Fund.
“Given the Town of Speedway’s racing history and automotive roots, it is a complete privilege to welcome such a well-known and successful international industry leader to open its first and only headquarters in North America,” said David Lindsey, president of the Speedway Town Council.
OMR anticipates a two-phase construction process with additional development taking place in the next five to six years. The groundbreaking is anticipated to take place in April with operations launching by the end of the year.