Defense manufacturer announces Indiana location

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS – A Swedish aerospace and defense manufacturer will launch its new advanced manufacturing facility near Purdue University.

The manufacturer, Saab, announced Wednesday that the new location for its United States defense manufacturing facility will be at the Purdue-affiliated Discovery Park District Aerospace in West Lafayette. The new facility is expected to bring in $37 million in planned Indiana investments over the years and create 300 Hoosier jobs starting in 2020.

Several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation attended the announcement, including Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun and Reps. Pete Visclosky, Jim Banks, Jim Baird and Andre Carson. All said in the release that Saab’s decision to locate a facility in the state shows Indiana’s strong manufacturing background.

“Indiana is known around the world as a hotbed for manufacturing investment and innovation,” Braun said in a statement, “Saab’s decision to build in West Lafayette means over 200 great new jobs for Hoosiers and one more reason Indiana is America’s manufacturing powerhouse.”

In his statement, Carson said Saab will bring new opportunities for university research, workforce development and high-tech manufacturing.

“When it comes to supporting our men and women in uniform, Indiana’s defense industry has a proven commitment to complete any mission with precision and efficiency,” Carson said. “So, it comes as no surprise that Saab is the latest company to invest in this Hoosier spirit.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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