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$8.5M expansion adds 20 jobs at Hoosier Tire

November 8, 2012

Marge Newton Skaggs, daughter of Hoosier Tire founders Bob and Joyce Newton, cuts a rubber “ribbon” Wednesday with her son Scotty Merrill.

PLYMOUTH — The new rubber mixing plant that opened Wednesday at Hoosier Tire in Plymouth will benefit the company in several ways.
John DeSalle, vice president of Hoosier, said that the plant allows Hoosier to make rubber for their tires in-house rather than outsourcing.
“We now have the capacity to make 20 million pounds (of rubber) a year,” said DeSalle, “But we will not use all of the capacity right away. Long-term, we knew it was best for us to do all that manufacturing in-house.”
Seven new employees have started at the company as a result of the new plant, and DeSalle said he expects a total of 20 new hires.
Employees, government officials, and community members gathered at the new plant Wednesday for a ribbon cutting. Those present were asked to sign pieces of rubber that were made in the new plant.
“We broke ground on this a year ago,” said DeSalle to those gathered, adding that about two years of planning went into the project.
He said that the 37,000 square foot addition was finished “on time and under budget.”
“We are very fortunate to live and work in this community,” said DeSalle, “We have a dedicated and knowledgeable workforce.”
DeSalle specifically thanked Mayor Mark Senter, city council members, and Marshall County Economic Development staff for their support of the project.
“This city government really understands partnership…Washington could learn from the city of Plymouth,” said DeSalle.
The city granted Hoosier Tire a tax abatement earlier this year, deeming the property to be a “economic revitalization area” because of the opportunities created by the mixing plant expansion.
“This positions our company for growth into the future,” said DeSalle.

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