Hoosier Tire Corp. will add 20 jobs as part of 2012 expansion

PLYMOUTH — Hoosier Tire and Rubber Corporation, a long-standing employer in the local area, recently announced that 20 positions would result from their planned expansion in 2012. The company will be incorporating a rubber mixing plant to their existing facility in Plymouth.
John DeSalle, vice president of manufacturing, said that currently a third of the rubber used to make the company’s tires is manufactured off-site, in Ohio. Mixing more rubber locally will greatly reduce Hoosier’s costs, as well as add 16 jobs to their workforce in Plymouth and another four at their headquarters in Lakeville.
“We are quite confident about our future,” said DeSalle during a visit to the city council meeting Wednesday evening. “We think this is a timely investment.”
He added that the 37,000 square foot addition will be built during the summer and will be operational Nov. 1, 2012. The cost of the expansion is about $8 million.
Marshall County Economic Development director Jennifer Laurent joined representatives from Hoosier in asking the council to consider a tax abatement for the new addition. A resolution was presented to declare the property that the company sits on a “economic revitalization area” because of the new positions that will be created and added value of the property. If the resolution is approved, Hoosier Tire will pay a smaller percentage of property taxes on the new addition in the first few years.
A public meeting to discuss this resolution will take place Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Council member Wayne Smith said that he is “more than happy to make this resolution,” since Hoosier has been a quality employer in the area for many years.
Council member Mike Delp seconded Smith’s sentiments, adding, “We appreciate you investing in Plymouth.”
In other city business:
• Mayor Mark Senter acknowledged the departure of three city council members, thanking them for their service and presenting each with a key to the city. Mark Neidig, Don Gardner, and Chuck Ripley will be replaced by Duane Culp, Don Ecker, and Shawn Grobe beginning in January.
Of Neidig, Senter said, “His dedication to the city’s utilities and economic development has been a breath of fresh air.”
Of Gardner, Senter said, “He has been nothing but supportive in what we have been trying to achieve. He gives his opinions in a laid-back style but always votes from the heart.”
Of Ripley, Senter said, “We truly appreciate his 12 years of energetic leadership. He has never wavered from giving his opinion on the council.”