Northeast Indiana To Benefit In Jobs Announcements By Nine Companies

By Jeff Neumeyer
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December 11, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Passage of “right to work” legislation was one factor cited when it was announced Tuesday that nine companies are creating up to 2,500 new jobs across Indiana.

The announcement came in Indianapolis, where it was revealed that Fort Wayne and two other area communities will cash in on the new hiring.

The welcome economic news came from outgoing Governor Mitch Daniels at the Statehouse, but the impact will be felt across Indiana, including in Northeast Indiana.

Brunswick, a Fort Wayne boat maker that has manufactured pontoons and other recreational boats in the city for more than 50 years, says business is going so well, it intends to move to a larger space, pledging to create up to 200 new jobs by 2016.

" We've been adding salary jobs as well as hourly jobs, so, we've been definitely ramping up to handle the workload, it's coming along with new style boats and things like that," said John Ambriole, Brunswick’s Director of Operations.

Another exciting investment is coming to Marion.

Café Valley Inc., a baked goods maker that is best known in the western U.S., has committed to building a new plant on the old Thomson Consumer Electronics campus.

That business shut down in 2004.

Mayor Wayne Seybold is celebrating word of 400 new jobs by 2018, and also the revitalization of a dilapidated Brownfield site.

" Now, we're going to get to kind of tear that old dinosaur down and have a brand new facility going up with a hundred jobs right away and 300 to follow very quickly over time, and so we couldn't be more thrilled about that," said Mayor Seybold.

" You can always get better, but taxes and regulation and infrastructure, in those things we are the national leader, but we are not yet the leader in having all the right job skills available," said Republican Governor Mitch Daniels, who leaves office in mid-January.

Wells County is also a winner in the mass jobs announcement.

Inventure Foods, which turns out potato chips and other specialty foods, will add up to 80 jobs in Bluffton by 2015.

The state offered about $9-million in tax credits to the three Northeast Indiana companies as incentives to build or expand.

The tax credits will be paid so long as the employers deliver on their jobs promises.

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