HEDC welcomes BWI as company breaks ground on first U.S. production facility

GREENFIELD, Ind. – On Wednesday, June 28, more than 150 people gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony for BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI). The company is a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global automotive market. Its first U.S. production facility will be located in Greenfield, creating up to 441 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.

BWI will invest more than $80 million to build and equip a new 276,514-square-foot manufacturing facility in Greenfield’s Progress Park. With its growth, BWI expects to increase its production by 4 million parts per year to meet the continued demand from its customers, which include Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Porsche.

BWI plans to begin hiring for machine operators, maintenance and lab technicians in February 2018. Interested applicants may apply online at the start of 2018. In addition, the company plans to work with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, which is the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the nation, to help develop workforce training.

BWI, a joint venture of Shougang Corporation and Beijing Fangshan State-Owned Asset Management, was formed in 2009 when the company bought the brake and suspension business of Delphi Automotive, which was once a part of General Motors. Since its 2009 acquisition, BWI has added 25 automotive vehicle manufacturers to its customer base.

Hancock Economic Development Council would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported this project,  especially local and state officials, and to BWI for their investment in Hancock County. Additionally, HEDC would like to thank the sponsors who provided support for Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony: Hancock Health, Greenfield Central Community School Corporation, CGS Services, Inc., GAI Consultants, IMPA, KSM Location Advisors, Penny’s Florist Home Decor & More, the City of Greenfield, Hancock County and the IEDC.

See coverage of the groundbreaking ceremony by the Greenfield Daily Reporter here.

See a gallery of photos from the groundbreaking ceremony from Hancock Economic Development Council here.