Recently, we have had several great announcements regarding the job market in our communities. Together through the work of the General Assembly, the dedication of local leaders and the business insight of local entrepreneurs, we have begun to attract high-tech jobs and expand our local businesses.
The General Assembly passed several bills this year that I believe will continue to play a large role in attracting new companies to set-up shop in Indiana. Those bills include:
· House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004 to increase access to start-up capital for Indiana businesses, in addition to lowering the corporate income tax rate.
· HEA 1006 promotes economic development locally and regionally and also cuts down on the red tape to create a business.
· HEA 1007will allow enhanced abatement schedules and hiring incentives to encourage local job growth.
Several weeks ago, North American Lighting, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive lighting and components, broke ground on a new injection mold facility in Elberfeld at the North Warrick Industrial Park. The site has been 'shovel-ready' since 2008 and I, along with my fellow representative, Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand), participated in talks to secure this facility at the site in northern Warrick County. The new facility will be their first Indiana plant and will be home to 42 high-wage jobs for engineers, machinists and toolmakers.
Next, Prime Foods, Inc. in Boonville announced that they will be adding a $4 million expansion. The addition will allow them to become the world's top hard-boiled egg producer, turning out more than one million eggs a day. Prime Foods, Inc. distributes eggs nationally to restaurants, hospitals and other businesses.
Finally, Dewig Meats in Haubstadt, which started in 1916 and is still locally family-owned and operated, is also adding a large expansion to better serve their customers. I recently toured their facility and the quality of their work, the friendliness of their staff and their excellent products are the perfect example of an exceptional small business.
It is one of my top priorities as your representative to continue to help create jobs in our community. I look forward to seeing the positive effects and boost to our economy that all businesses, such as North American Lighting, Inc., Prime Foods, Inc., and Dewig Meats are bringing to southwest Indiana.
Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact my office with questions or concerns by phone at 317-232-9671 or email at H75@in.gov.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)