Auto parts supplier expanding NE Ind. operations

LIGONIER, Ind. (AP) — An auto parts manufacturer plans on spending $18.5 million to expand its northeastern Indiana operations after winning a contract to supply emission control parts to Chrysler.

Tenneco Inc. officials announced the expansion plans during Thursday night's Ligonier City Council meeting. The News Sun reports (http://bit.ly/QuO9Y7 ) plant manager Doug Bonecutter says hiring for about 100 new workers at the factory will start in January.

The Lake Forest, Ill.-based company already has some 430 workers at a factory in the city about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Tenneco says it will lease and equip a 50,000-square-foot facility.

The city is working with Tenneco on a nearly $2.3 million bond issue to help finance the expansion.

Tenneco also has factories in the northern Indiana cities of Elkhart and Angola.

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Information from: The News-Sun, http://www.kpcnews.com

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