Japanese Company Plans More Jobs After Move

SMC Corp. aims to add 275 more positions in moving company's North American headquarters from Indianapolis to the city's northwest suburbs.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A Japanese company plans to add 275 jobs when it shifts its North American headquarters from Indianapolis to Hamilton County — in the northwest suburbs of Indianapolis — over the next couple years, state officials said.
SMC Corp. will hire production workers, logistics employees and engineers, said Mitch Frazier, a spokesman for the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The new jobs will pay an average of $23 an hour.
The company makes pneumatic and electrical components for several industries.
It will move some manufacturing operations from California to its new home. It also will expand research and development and logistics work there.
SMC, which employs about 450 people in Indiana, will construct an 825,000 square foot building next year in Noblesville and plans to move there in 2009.
A message was left for SMC officials seeking comment on the company's plans went unreturned.
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