IN: Global Automotive Clutch Manufacturer Expands Operations, Creates 51 Jobs | Trade and Industry Development

IN: Global Automotive Clutch Manufacturer Expands Operations, Creates 51 Jobs

Feb 19, 2019
FCC (Adams), LLC, an automatic transmission clutch manufacturer, announced plans to expand its Adams County operations, creating up to 51 new jobs by 2021.
“FCC (Adams) is a significant part of Indiana’s leading automotive industry, which is producing safe and reliable products used every day across the world,” Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. “Indiana is proud to be home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation with a skilled workforce that is contributing to the growth and success of companies like FCC (Adams).”
FCC (Adams) will invest over $24 million to expand its 436,700-square-foot facility, constructing and equipping an 88,000-square-foot addition. The expanded space will house a new aluminum die cast machine process, six CNC lathe processes and four CNC drill processes. Construction is expected to begin in February 2019.
The company currently employs 675 associates in Berne as well as 790 at its second Indiana facility in Portland. This marks the company’s sixth major expansion since beginning operations in 2003, following a $128.9 million investment announced in 2015. 
“FCC (Adams) is pleased to announce plans to expand its Berne, Indiana facility,” said Shinsuke Kambara, president of FCC (Adams). “The expansion is in response to growing customer demands.”
The company is hiring hourly production associates and support staff including engineering, maintenance and supervisors. Interested applicants may apply in person at the FCC (Adams) location at 936 East Parr Road in Berne, by email at or through an online application.
FCC (Adams) is a subsidiary of its Japanese parent company, FCC Co. Ltd., which was established in 1988 and serves automotive customers like Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawaski, Harley-Davidson and BMW. The company operates 22 plants in 10 countries, including three facilities located in the United States, two of which are in Indiana. FCC Co. Ltd. is the only clutch assembly manufacturer that maintains comprehensive product development and manufacturing systems encompassing everything from development of friction material to assembly.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered FCC (Adams), LLC up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Berne and Northeast Indiana Works will consider additional incentives and training services, respectively, at the request of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation.
“We are very excited FCC has chosen to expand their operations here in Berne,” said Berne Mayor Bill McKean. “They are a great company. The city has done everything we can to help them grow, and we are glad it has worked out so well. In turn, they have been an outstanding employer for our community and workers. It has been a real pleasure to work with them, and hope to continue to do so for a long time to come.”
Indiana is home to more than 290 Japanese business facilities, including original equipment manufacturers like Honda, Toyota and Subaru, as well as automotive suppliers like FCC (Adams). Together, these companies support 65,000 Hoosier jobs. According to the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the number of Japanese business facilities in Indiana has increased by more than 20 percent over the last five years.     
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