to delay start up
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The bad news is Belletech Corp. of Indiana will
not have trucks rolling out of its Versailles site this May as
initially planned. The good news is they are still on tap to come
to Versailles, it will just be about a six month delay.
Mark McIntyre, vice-president of Belletech said due to extreme
economic pressures facing the automotive industry, their company
has rescheduled its mass production date for the Versailles plant.
Instead of the May deadline as proclaimed in earlier news articles,
it is now January 2010. He said ideally construction at the industrial
park will resume three months prior to start-up. Again, this depends
largely on the speed of the automotive market recovery.
We remain committed to this project, as it will play a crucial
role in our strategic plans in serving the automotive industry
in and around Indiana, McIntyre told The Versailles Republican.
McIntyre further noted that resumes are kept on file for a limited
period of time. To those interested in being employed at the Versailles
site he said, We recommend that you resubmit your resume
no earlier than October 2009.
Those interested in employment can go to the companys website
at Belletechcorp.com to download a copy of the application.
Applications will also be available when a temporary office is
established in the local area. McIntyre said the public will be
notified when the office is in place.
Belletech, the first company to announce they would be settling
in the Versailles Industrial Park, is a supplier of automotive
glass (windshields) to Honda of Greensburg. When the economy took
a downturn, the automotive industry was hit hard, with Honda of
Greensburg even halting some operations that has a trickle-down
effect, Belletech being one of the companies effected.
The exciting news that Belletech was coming to Versailles was
announced in the Osgood Journal on September 9, 2008. Governor
Mitch Daniels made the official announcement of the Honda suppliers
move to Versailles that afternoon at the Versailles Industrial
Park, located just south of Versailles.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, the initial plan was
to hire about 50 associates with the hopes of employing double
that amount as the company expanded. It was hoped that the hiring
process would begin in March or April of 2009. That has been pushed
back until October.
We are still coming, McIntyre told The Versailles
Republican, adding, its just later than we all would