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Michigan City Company Plans Expansion

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August 21, 2013 — A Michigan City company says today it plans to spend $1-million to expand its business, increasing staff and facility.

Electric motor repair company Harrison Electric, Incorporated, plans to make the expansions at its operations in Michigan City, adding up to 14 new jobs by 2016.

Harrison says it will invest $1-million to build and equip a 15,000-square-foot expansion to its 23,000-square-foot facility at 10855 W. 400 North in Michigan City.  The new facility should be operational this December with a higher ceiling to allow Harrison to double its lifting capacity of industrial electrical motors to 40 tons.

That’s when Harrison Electric, with more than 30 full-time employees, plans to start hiring machinists, mechanics and electrical technicians. Interested applicants can apply in person or learn more by visiting www.harrison-elec.com.

Harrison Electric’s President Tom Walma says, “With the current limitations of our facility, we were being forced to turn down work.  I’m pleased that we will be able to say ‘yes’ to additional projects while remaining here in Indiana, where lower taxes, great employees and abundant support from local and state leaders will allow us to continue growing our business right here at home.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says it offered Harrison Electric, Inc., up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans.  IEDC says the incentives are performance-based, so until Hoosiers are hired the company is not eligible to claim incentives. LaPorte County approved additional tax abatement at the request of SEH of Indiana.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden says, “Indiana’s economic motor runs with the growth of homegrown-Hoosier companies.  With a motivated workforce and innovative minds leading us into the future, these companies find great assets for growth here in Indiana. A favorable regulatory environment, low taxes and pro-growth policies reinforce Indiana as the best choice for companies searching for a state that works for business.”

Harrison Electric specializes in motor and electrical apparatus repair and maintenance, such as motor rewinding, infrared scanning, vibration analysis, welder repair, switchgear maintenance and laser alignment.  Serving the Chicago, northern Indiana and the southwest Michigan markets for 50 years, the company is ISO 9001 certified by SRI Quality Systems Register.

LaPorte County Council President Mark Yagelski says, “We are and will continue to work with existing business on their expansion efforts.  Harrison, as well as Dwyer, are examples of our dedication to helping those businesses that have been a part of our community.  We understand that keeping our core businesses successful will result in job stability and new job creation.  If we cannot take care of what we have today, how can those outside of LaPorte feel comfortable making investments here?  We will continue to take care of our core and we invite others looking for a stable community to make their investments.”

Last month Dwyer Instruments announced plans to expand its Kingsbury operations in LaPorte County, investing $769,000 to lease and equip an 11,000-square-foot facility and with up to 50 new jobs by 2016.

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