Aisin Executives Meet with Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Industry climate, Aisin investment on the agenda
Aisin Holdings of America President and CEO Masayasu “Mike” Saito joined Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and members of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to discuss Aisin’s role in the growing automotive business in the State of Indiana.
The meeting, which also included several Aisin executives and representatives of Seymour, Ind. – home to AHA and Aisin USA Manufacturing – took place on Feb. 12, 2014, and was arranged for Aisin to provide an overview of its operations in Indiana, and plans for growth. (Currently, Aisin employs approximately 40 percent of its U.S. workforce in the Hoosier state.) The visit also included a presentation from IEDC Senior Project Manager, Paul Roland, who explained the purpose and impact of the IEDC.
At the Indiana state Capitol Building, Gov. Pence gave the group a brief tour and review of the artwork that hangs in his office, including a prized painting of Abraham Lincoln, and some of the Indiana governors that preceded him.
Pence explained that he has made a commitment to Indiana in making career and vocational education a priority, and is working with the Lumina Foundation to encourage on-time degree completion.
Saito-san then outlined Aisin’s business operations, and provided an explanation of its investment in Indiana, including the employment of nearly 3,000 Hoosiers at nine Aisin locations. He also expressed his gratitude to the governor, and to the state and local agencies that support Aisin.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss Aisin’s training activities and needs, total state-wide statistics for Aisin and Crothersville employment, and growth and investment plans for ADI/ACIN. Presentations were made by AUM’s Dennis Putman, ADI’s Scott Turpin and AWA’s Shawn Deppen.
Putnam outlined a new program of Aisin USA, which recently announced that it will provide 10 graduates from Jackson County High School with the opportunity to work for Aisin while their college tuition is being paid by the company. The commitment will benefit youth and the community, and help develop AUM’s future workforce as it invests in young, local talent, added Putnam.
The meeting closed with smiles, handshakes, and photographs and the governor’s commitment to an ongoing, strong relationship with Aisin and Japanese companies doing business in Indiana. Gov. Pence said he was thankful for Aisin’s community leadership and great corporate citizenship, and accepted Saito-san’s invitation to visit Seymour.
-Indiana is #1 in the US for Japanese investment per capita.
-Over 247 Japanese Companies
-Over 42000 Hoosiers employed
-98% in Manufacturing sector (75% in Automotive) Japan Investment in Indiana (2005 – 2001):
-More than 71 projects
-More than 9,071 job commitments
-More than $3.5 billion in projected investment
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