Bendix adds lines, jobs to Indiana facility

HUNTINGTON, IN – Bendix Commercial Vehicle systems is growing, announcing today that it will expand its Indiana manufacturing plant.

The brake company is adding to its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a USD $3.8 million capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines.

The lines, for making a portion of the company’s vibration damper products, will be installed in existing space at the company’s module center.

Bendix is set to phase-in production of the dampers at the facility between April and July of 2018.

The expansion will include new jobs coming to the area, with an additional 20 hourly jobs over three shifts, and up to seven new salaried positions expected to be added to the over 420 current employees at the location.

The company said the increase in production was needed as its North American business demands have more than doubled. The new production lines are expected to generate nearly 170,000 more dampers per year.

Plant manager Mike Pogorelc said employees at the facility were excited about the expansion and eager to move forward.

Vibration engine dampers are used to reduce torsional vibration on engine crankshafts to prevent shaft failure and reduce noise. They also play a role in improved fuel economy.

The Huntington location, which opened in 1980, supplements the manufacturing capacity of Bendix’s primary damper production plant in North Aurora, Illinois.

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