[r85] Rep. Pond applauds Michelin to Add More Jobs to community (3/22/2011)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Start Date: 3/22/2011 All Day
End Date: 3/22/2011
STATEHOUSE -Representative Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) cites Indiana's strong fiscal standing and low taxes as a reason Michelin North America will be bringing more jobs to the community. On Monday, Michelin announced that it will create up to 35 good-paying jobs by the end of the year at local Woodburn facility. Michelin plans to invest $50 million to expand its production capacity at the BF Goodrich Tire manufacturing facility.

Michelin employs more than 1,500 people at the BF Goodrich Tire manufacturing facility in Woodburn and stated it plans to hire additional manufacturing, maintenance and supervisory associates throughout the rest of the year.

"If it was not for Indiana's financial stability it is unlikely that Michelin would be willing to put so much money into the Woodburn facility," said Rep. Pond. "The state's AAA bond rating attracts many businesses and investors to Indiana and we need to make sure we maintain that rating so more companies will invest in our local economy."

As a longtime resident of Allen County, Rep. Pond has toured the Michelin facility multiple times and was one of the first people to tour the complex with the Woodburn Lions Club when it opened.

"Michelin has been a vital part to the Woodburn and Allen County community for several decades and has provided local jobs to very hard working Hoosiers," said Rep. Pond. "These good-paying jobs are a sign we are headed in the right direction in Indiana, and in Allen County."

The Michelin announcement comes about one week after Scot Industries, a steel tube and bar manufacturer announced it would build a new multi-million dollar production facility in Auburn creating up to 65 jobs in the next two years.

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State Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) represents portions of Allen and DeKalb counties