Midwest Aerospace Celebrates Merrillville Location

MidwestAero_4Midwest Aerospace Casting has taken off in Merrillville, and there’s plenty of excitement about the opportunities the company brings to the town and Northwest Indiana.
Midwest Aerospace Casting hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, May 9, at its recently opened location in the AmeriPlex at the Crossroads business park.
The manufacturing facility produces premium castings for helicopters, jet fighters, jumbo transports, and regional jets.
Bob Littlefield, President of Midwest Aerospace Casting, said the Merrillville location has already created numerous employment opportunities in the community, and he believes the company can reach 180 jobs.
Town Council President Rick Bella thanked Midwest Aerospace Casting for choosing Merrillville for its latest location.
“In our town, we’ve proudly hosted companies specializing in various industries, from automotive components to essential parts,” Bella said. “However, today marks a special occasion as we embrace a company uniquely positioned to contribute material to construct F-35 Lightning II fighter jets.”
Midwest Aerospace has more than 70 years of experience in the aerospace industry, serving military and commercial customers.
“We have a great customer base that has supported us through this transition, and I can’t be more thankful for the relationships that we’ve built,” Littlefield said.
He said Midwest Aerospace Casting will be more than a business, and the company is committed to the community.
“We take great pride in that,” Littlefield said.
He said the company’s community involvement includes joining the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“The Crossroads Chamber puts businesses first and (devotes) resources that foster growth in the community,” Littlefield said.
Deann Patena, President & CEO of the Crossroads Chamber, described the company as a remarkable addition to the business community.
“Midwest Aerospace Casting represents not only a significant investment in our region, but also a testament to innovation and ingenuity that defines our Midwest spirit,” Patena said.
Midwest Aerospace Casting invested more than $9 million to transform the former Fieldhouse building into its manufacturing facility.
Town Councilman Shawn Pettit, President of Merrillville’s Redevelopment Commission, said the ribbon cutting “was a very special day” for him and the community.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this beautiful facility,” Pettit said. “I can’t wait to see the expansion.”