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26 Sep, 2011


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Bishop Steering Technology Inc., a designer of steering gear technologies for the automotive and racing industries, recently announced plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 25 new jobs by 2014.

The company will invest $10.4 million to lease and equip a 13,000-square-foot facility. Production will begin at the new facility at the end of the month.

"Having an innovative company like Bishop growing in Indiana is further evidence of our state's successful pro-business climate," said Dan Hasler, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "This expansion adds to Indiana's already cutting edge automotive industry and further enhances our position as the motorsports capital of the world."

Bishop, which currently has 26 full-time employees in Indiana, plans to begin hiring production engineers, operators and logistics associates next year.

"Bishop is proud to call Indiana home," said John G. Naidus, president and director of Bishop Steering Technology. "The cooperation and assistance from both Indiana state officials and representatives from the city of Indianapolis have helped Bishop obtain a competitive edge in the market place, both financially and with the assistance to develop quality staff. As a long-time resident of Indiana, I know Indiana is a great place for employees to live and raise their families. Choosing Indiana was an easy decision."

The company's founder, Arthur Bishop, invented VR steering for aircraft nose wheels and motor vehicles and was granted the first variable ratio rack and pinion patent for cars. In January 2011, Bishop was acquired by GMH Stahlverarbeitung GmbH, a subsidiary company of the Steel Processing Unit of Georgesmarienhütte Holding GmbH. Today, Bishop has more than 250 patents and patent applications in 17 countries as well as numerous licensees worldwide.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Bishop Steering Technology, Inc. up to $200,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. The city of Indianapolis will consider additional property tax abatement at the request of Develop Indy.

"Businesses across the nation are taking notice of our outstanding fiscal climate and low taxes, and we are aggressively pursuing companies to move or expand to Indianapolis and bring with them new jobs," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "Bishop's addition of 25 new jobs builds upon our growing manufacturing industry and offers great opportunity for our talented workforce. We welcome this addition to the city's northeast side."

Bishop's announcement comes just one week after Project Lead the Way, a national nonprofit that provides education curricular programs for middle and high schools, announced plans to relocate its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis. As part of the project, the company plans to invest $6.37 million and create up to 44 new jobs by 2014.


About Bishop
Bishop Steering Technology, Inc. is a world leader in the development of automotive steering systems, specializing in the design and supply of leading edge rack and pinion steering technologies for automotive and motorsports applications. In addition, Bishop brings its diverse skills to deliver process-engineering solutions to the global manufacturing industry.


About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Dan Hasler serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.
 

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