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Hitachi Global Air Power and AEM host Indiana Gov. Holcomb

By Brock Huffstutler

October 8, 2023

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb

Hitachi Global Air Power US, Michigan City, Ind., in partnership with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), hosted Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb at the company’s facility. The visit was part of AEM’s “I Make America” national program through which the organization works with equipment manufacturers to host elected officials on shop floors across the country, highlighting AEM’s policy priorities and advocating for the industry’s 2.3 million men and women.

Hitachi Global Air Power, a provider of portable and industrial air compressors (oil-free and oil-flooded), aftermarket OEM parts, fluids and more, employs more than 500 people in Indiana. Tracing its roots to 1965, Sullair was acquired by Hitachi in 2017 and renamed Hitachi Global Air Power in 2023. The company continues to manufacture products under the Sullair brand.

“We are honored to welcome Gov. Holcomb to our Michigan City facility,” said John Randall, president and CEO, Hitachi Global Air Power. “Gov. Holcomb’s visit underscores the importance of a strong partnership between industry and government in advancing manufacturing in Indiana. We are proud to showcase our world-class manufacturing facility where we have been building Sullair air compressors for more than five decades and we look forward to many more years of shared prosperity for both our business and the thriving Michigan City community.”

During the visit, Gov. Holcomb met with facility leadership, toured its manufacturing operations, engaged with employees on the shop floor, and discussed issues that impact the industry, including infrastructure investment, workforce development and U.S. competitiveness.

“Hitachi Global Air Power has a long history of manufacturing state-of-the-art air compressors right here in Indiana. Because of Indiana’s relentless efforts to lessen tax burdens, streamline government bureaucracy, and support Indiana’s business community, companies like Hitachi Global Air Power can continue innovating, manufacturing, and investing in the Hoosier State,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I am so pleased by the work that Hitachi Global Air Power and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers are doing to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and create American jobs.”

“Equipment manufacturers are proud to support over 138,000 jobs in Indiana and contribute more than $18.2 billion annually to the state economy. Gov. Holcomb’s efforts to create a business-friendly environment that helps — not hurts — job creators are critically important to the future success of this industry in the state,” said Kate Fox Wood, vice president, AEM. “We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to continue working with him to revitalize American manufacturing.”