[r44] Job creation thrives in Putnam County (2/24/2012)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Start Date: 2/24/2012
End Date: 2/24/2012

STATEHOUSE- Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) applauds Putnam County for its increase in job opportunities. It was announced that businesses in Putnam County committed to more than $61 billion in investments and commitment for the creation of close to 500 jobs from 2012 to 2015. The announcement included Illinois-based Phoenix Closures expanding to the county and planning to create 90 jobs.

“These are welcome announcements for Putnam County,” said Rep. Baird. “Indiana’s job climate is an extremely attractive one and these companies’ expansion in the area highlights that positive climate. With so many Hoosiers unemployed, job growth in the state and specifically in Putnam County is crucial to get Hoosiers back to work.”

Phoenix Closures of Naperville, Ill. is currently renovating and expanding its facility to generate closures for the food, beverage and consumer products markets. The company expects to employ 90 people at full production levels.

Other expansions in Putnam County include the following: 

  • Crown Equipment in Greencastle which has nearly doubled the size of its manufacturing facility.
  • Magic Circle Corporation has leased the Greencastle Shell Building to support their local manufacturing operations.
  • Liberty Industries in Fillmore has also expanded their facility and added new manufacturing equipment.
  • International Automotive Components (IAC) and Chiyoda USA have both invested in new equipment.

 Projects for the past year were reviewed for community leaders at the annual meeting of the Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center. 

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Rep. Jim Baird represents District 44 which includes all of Putman County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo Counties. Rep. Baird is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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