CONNERSVILLE, Ind, (WISH) - The city of Connersville is getting ready to host executivesfrom Carbon Motors on Tuesday. The company is thinking aboutbuilding a facility to manufacture police cars in that FayetteCounty Community.
Some workers in downtown Connersville were trimming treesSunday. Across the street the DuValls were outside the communityfoundation office cleaning light fixtures.
The Community is sprucing up for big visit. Community memberswere out sprucing up, hoping a good impression could possibly leadto good paying jobs.
"I'm pretty excited. I'm excited that we're getting thisopportunity to put on a good face and hopefully lure Carbon Motorshere," Connersville resident Karen DuVall said.
Carbon Motors is eyeing Connersville as a possible site for anew manufacturing facility. The company builds police cars.
"I think they know the people here know how to make cars. We maynot know exactly how Carbon Motors wants to do it, but they're thekind of people that watch one, they can do one and then they canteach one. They're very creative, they're very talented,"Connersville Economic Director Bryan Coats said.
The Visteon plant in Connersville closed in December 2007. Atone point it employed 3,000 poeple. Now the community wants thosedoors open again.
Indiana is one of a handful of states in the running for the newcompany.
City leaders believe the old Visteon site, with 47 acres underone roof, is ideal and will give them the winning edge.
"We've got a new spirit and I kind of look like, we won twostate championships with our basketball team as you know, and Ikind of feel like we're trying to win another championship," saidConnersville Mayor Leonard Urban.
Residents are eager for the opportunity.
"We have so many things to offer. We can't say we're a big citybut we can sure say that we're a community that can give back andcome back and we're ready to go to work," said Anna Dungan,Executive Director of the Connersville Community Foundation.
The city's workforce is no stranger to the auto industry.Connersville was once known as "Little Detroit" in the early 20thcentury when they were involved in the making of Auburns, Cords,Duesenbergs and other cars.
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