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Lear Corporation breaks ground on its new Hammond facility in November

A new $30 million Lear plant is slated to employ 875 workers in Hammond.

Most people of the Region value entities who seek solutions to problems, and then actually shepherd those plans through each step of the way, rather than making excuses for why something is too difficult.

Hammond is doing that in spades, including through incentives city leaders continue to adopt in a hard-fought deal to retain and expand the Lear Corp. auto parts supplier.

To all leaders of the Region's urban core — and in suburban areas — take note of how it's done.

On Monday, the Hammond City Council followed through on a promise to provide $4 million in tax incentives for the Lear Corp. expansion project.

Almost exactly a year ago, we lauded the city for striking a deal for the auto parts supplier to build a new $30 million facility in North Hammond.

The company has been a major Region employer based in Hammond for years, but it was outgrowing its old factory on 165th Street in the city.

Hammond found itself competing with other Chicago-area communities to retain the company's local operations, which produce seats for the Ford Explorer SUVs that are produced at the nearby Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch.

City planners and the company came to terms on a facility that will nearly triple the size of the old one and employ 800-plus workers.

Lear continues to warrant our thanks for choosing to stay in Northwest Indiana.

But it didn't happen by accident.

Hammond Redevelopment Commission's $4 million incentive to Lear is a bargain price to retain jobs and grow the corporate tax base in our urban core.

Urban challenges of our era can seem vast and in some cases insurmountable.

Hammond is providing a road map to detour around or over those challenges.

When weighing the progress of the Lear project with the plan for a massive data center on the city's lakefront, and so many other examples of Hammond investing in itself, it's easy to be bullish on the city's future fortunes.



Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.