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 key part of Honda’s strategy for fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
The second largest employer, St. Louis based Emerson, manufactures CopelandTM brand compressors and condensing units for air conditioning and commercial refrigeration. The Sidney location serves as the world headquarters of this global technology and engineering company’s compressor business. The Copeland Scroll compressor technology that originated in Sidney is an innovation that has helped shape the HVACR industry
by increasing reliability and energy efficiency. Fixed capacity compressors offer proven reliability for commercial air conditioning. Modulating compressor technology enable systems to meet cooling demands and still reduce energy consumption.
A GLOBAL REACH
Many other companies headquartered in Shelby County have international ties and are making an impact not only locally but globally.
NK Parts Industries in Sidney
was the first overseas venture for Nippon Konpo, a well-established automotive parts company in Japan. NKP employs over just under 800 associates locally and specializes in one-vendor supply chain management for the automotive industry, providing efficient domestic and international logistics, freight forwarding, exporting, warehousing, packaging, fabrication, manufacturing, transmission assembly, and quality analysis. NKP has been recognized locally and nationally for
its employee wellness initiatives. Advanced Composites, whose
parent company is Mitsui Chemicals, is the leading supplier of thermoplastic olefins and polypropylene compounds for the North American Automotive Industry. They manufacture products ranging from super-ductile materials required for interior trim and instrument panels to bumpers and body-side moldings.
IAC (International Automotive Components) Group recently closed a joint venture transaction with Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd of China to form Auria Solutions, a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry. Auria also has regional headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, and Dusseldorf, Germany. Now one of 60 locations in 20 counties, Auria in Sidney manufactures products that include instrument panels, door trim, consoles, and overhead and headliner systems.
American Trim has been forming and decorating metal for over 65 years, and has over 25 years of designing, formulating, and manufacturing coatings to meet customers’ unique performance specifications. They supply Fortune 500 companies including Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs
in the appliance, heavy-truck and automotive industries, while building long-standing relationships with
their customers, and shipping over
20 million parts per year globally
from nine facilities in the US and two in Mexico. The Sidney location of American Trim employs approximately
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400 of the company-wide workforce of 1,200. American Trim also applies decorative finishes to appliance components using laser etching, roll coating, powder coating, screen- printing, and selective brushing. Customers include highly recognizable brands such as Whirlpool, Kenmore, and KitchenAid.
STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH
Shelby County has strong economic growth across many sectors in local industry and commerce, primarily because of the area’s economic diversity and proximity to the interstate highway and rail systems. Interstate 75 is a prime route that passes directly through Shelby County. Interchanges that connect I-75 with I-70 near Dayton and with I-80 near Toledo ease product distribution by truck both north-south and east-
west. In addition to being a hub of both truck and rail traffic, the City of Sidney has its own municipal airport and the Dayton International Airport is just 35 miles south. Truly the heartland of America, Shelby County is within 600 miles of 53% of the United States population.
Shelby County has a population just under 50,000 and an available labor force of 24,100. The median household income is just over $57,000 and the unemployment rate is low, just 4.1%. On a daily basis, 5,000 more people come into the county to work than leave the county to work.
Construction for Love’s Travel Stop at I-75 and Fair Road in Sidney began in the spring of 2018 and was open for business in December, adding 87 new jobs to Shelby County.
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