They made the parts for your car here. Anderson, Indiana was one of those cities in the midwest where auto part manufacturing was king. However, GM and most of the parts-related businesses went away many years ago. Once upon a time, the major factories included Delco and Guide Lamp and others. For a while, the city was stunned by the job losses and areas of the city were in obvious decline. Just driving through some parts of town was an embarrassing eyesore. Then came the turnaround under Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith. The city administration has endeavored and succeeded to some degree in replacing lost businesses with new businesses. Smartly, rebuilding the economy was not confined to auto parts businesses. With the USA trend toward sending auto manufacturing-related work to Mexico, the handwriting was on the wall. Anderson chose to tear down the long-vacant auto parts factories, reminders of times once-great, now a crumbling eyesore. Smith put almost all his eggs in the Economic Development basket, paying a lot of attention to attracting new enterprises. Those eggs keep on hatching – with announcements of more and more high tech firms, medical and educational institutions attracted to invest in Anderson. Nice going, Mayor’s office. That’s why I called you guys the other day and “ordered” the installation of the first political sign be placed in my yard ever. Kevin Smith for Re-Election!
sad footnote: The Mayor was not re-elected