Nishikawa Cooper, LLC (NISCO) today announced plans to expand its Indiana operations to Fort Wayne. The company, a Tier-1 automotive OEM supplier, will occupy a 60,000 sq. ft. spec building located on 6785 Persistence Drive.
“When you combine increased sales, having an established workforce from the area, and proximity to corporate technical support, it makes sense for us to reestablish a presence in Fort Wayne,” said Mike Talaga, vice president/general manager of NISCO. “We looked at seven potential sites before selecting the shell building. The building had the square footage we wanted and the opportunity to custom design the interior to fit our needs.”
NISCO designs and manufactures sealing systems (rubber and plastic) for both foreign and domestic original equipment manufacturing automotive companies. NISCO is a joint venture between Nishikawa Rubber Company (NRC), which is based in Hiroshima, Japan and Cooper Standard, based in Novi, Michigan. The two organizations have been partners since 1970.
“Fort Wayne is a leader in economic growth as we continue to attract new businesses and jobs to our community,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We appreciate NISCO’s commitment to making our City a focal point of operation. I’m encouraged by the positive momentum and private investment we’re experiencing.”
In 2013, representatives of Klink Group, CME Corporation, the Zacher Company and the City of Fort Wayne partnered to build the modern, stand-alone spec building giving companies the option of purchasing a brand new facility. The industrial building has I-69 visibility and sits on approximately 6.73 acres.
“We’ve known since 2011 that shell buildings were a necessity for Allen County,” said John Urbahns, executive vice president of GFW Inc. “These shell buildings have become an asset to our economic development team for potential business growth and we recognize that having commercial, shell buildings make us better equipped to bring in new businesses to invest and expand.”