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New center part of firm’s growth, commitment

Midwest Express Inc. confirmed Tuesday its plans to create a new regional logistics center on its campus in East Liberty, a move that will add 50 new jobs and 100,000 square feet to its facilities.

MEI was recently awarded new business from Honda and the center is designed to improve management of parts supplied from Japan.  

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In April, MEI asked for and received from the Logan County Commissioners an enterprise zone agreement with a 50-percent tax abatement over 10 years to offset up to $3.75 million in construction costs for a new distribution facility at 11452 Township Road 157.

The building and expansion should be finished by September.

Once in place, the center will receive parts from Japan, and as needed, ship parts to Honda’s auto plants in Marysville, East Liberty and Greensburg, Ind., the Anna Engine Plant and Honda Transmission Manufacturing in Russells Point.

In the enterprise agreement application, MEI said it is moving from a just-in-time inventory system to a more traditional inventory system.

“The addition of the Regional Logistics Center is extremely exciting,” stated MEI President Toshihide Tanaka. “Expanding our business reflects the growth potential and commitment of MEI.”

The project will include material handling equipment and a new computer system.

MEI, which was founded in 1987, currently employs 1,067 in 896 full-time permanent positions and 171 full-time temporary positions. The annual payroll for all employees is more than $17.7 million.

The 50 new permanent full-time jobs will add an expected payroll of $1.3 million.

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