Indiana Delegation Welcomes Saab to West Lafayette
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Congressman André Carson (D-Ind.-07) along with U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and U.S. Representatives Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.-01), Jim Banks (R-Ind.-03), and Jim Baird (R-Ind.-04) today applauded the announcement that Swedish aerospace and defense manufacturer Saab will launch its new advanced manufacturing facility at Purdue University-affiliated Discovery Park District Aerospace in West Lafayette.
On January 23, 2019, members of the Indiana delegation led a letter to Saab urging the company to select Indiana for their new U.S. defense manufacturing facility which represents more than $37 million in planned Indiana investments in the coming years. The facility is expected to employ up to 300 Hoosiers in high-skilled manufacturing jobs beginning in 2020.
Today’s announcement is a result of months of hard work and strong collaborations across the state led by Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger, the entire Indiana Economic Development Corporation team, Purdue University team, and officials of Tippecanoe County and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. Saab’s decision is a testament of Indiana’s strong manufacturing background, diverse defense supply chain, and highly skilled Hoosier workforce.
“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. So it comes as no surprise that Saab is the latest company to invest in this Hoosier spirit. By manufacturing the T-X in Indiana, Saab will benefit from our world class workforce and research universities, furthering our state’s leadership in high-tech manufacturing. I’m eager to begin this partnership between Saab and Indiana that will help grow our state’s economy and make our country safer,” said Representative Carson.
Last year, a joint Boeing-Saab partnership was awarded a contract worth up to $9.2 billion dollar to manufacture the U.S. Air Force’s next generation T-X trainer jet. The U.S. Air Force plans to purchase approximately 351 T-X aircraft, though that number could increase to 475. Initial operational capability is expected by Fiscal Year 2024 when the U.S. Air Force will begin utilizing the aircraft to train the next generation of pilots. Saab will manufacture and assemble major aero structures of the T-X Trainer jet in West Lafayette, Indiana and deliver them to the prime contractor’s St. Louis assembly facility.