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Manufacturer delays opening of new plant

(photo courtesy of Automated Routing)

ST. MEINRAD, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A Spencer County company says construction on its new manufacturing plant has been slightly delayed. Saint Meinrad-based Automated Routing Inc. is investing nearly $2 million in the facility, which is now slated to open in August.

The plant was originally expected to open just north of the Perry County town of Troy this spring. However, the company says precautionary delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic moved the opening date to later in the year.

The Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp. is assisting Automated Routing with loan funding for the project. The company is a specialty CNC router company that specializes in machining and assembling products largely for original equipment furniture manufacturers.

“We’re working every day to make sure our customers have the parts they need to build their products,” Barry Schaefer, co-owner of Automated Routing, said in a news release from the Statewide CDC. “Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to adding to our capacity and diversifying our range of services.”

The new facility will add 50,000 square feet to the company’s operations, bringing its total square footage to nearly 250,000. Automated Routing employs 135 people and plans to add 10 workers in the future.