Pence announces 1,000 new jobs coming to Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 18, 2013) – Seven companies joined Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday to announce new investments expected to add more than 1,000 jobs in Indiana over the next few years.

Here’s a snapshot of the companies involved from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation:

  • Ascension Health – Based in St. Louis, it’s the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit healthcare system. The company plans to expand its Ministry Service Center on the northwest side, creating up to 549 new jobs by 2016. The center opened in 2011.
  • Bastian Automation Engineering – A division of Indianapolis-headquartered Bastian Solutions, the company will invest $1 million to lease, renovate and equip a production facility in Greenfield. Bastian plans to add up to 60 new jobs by 2016.
  • Bluebridge Digital – Founded by Santiago Jaramillo in his dorm room at Indiana Wesleyan University, the firm helps universities, churches, tourism destinations and other organizations create mobile apps. Bluebridge leases office space in Fishers and plans to add 199 jobs by 2022.
  • Classic Alumadeck – The North Dakota-based firm makes aluminum decks and railings. It plans to invest more than $3 million for a facility in Indianapolis, its first in the Hoosier State. The company expects to create up to 65 new jobs by 2016.
  • DuCharme, McMillen & Associates – The Fort Wayne-headquartered state and local tax consulting service firm will invest $2.78 million to expand its operations in Indianapolis, creating up to 62 new jobs by 2016. The company employs about 125 people in Indianapolis and 40 in Fort Wayne.
  • Gruuv Technologies – The information technology engineering consulting firm plans to invest $450,000 to expand its operations in Indianapolis, adding up to 29 new positions by 2017. The company launched in 2010 in Indianapolis.
  • Perceivant, LLC – The big data and real-time analytics platform will invest $309,000 to lease a location in Indianapolis, creating up to 49 new jobs by 2018.

IDEC offered various conditional tax credits and training grants to the companies.

IDEC said it secured job commitments from 261 companies in 2013, up from 256 companies in 2012. The 261 companies are expected to invest $2.63 billion in their Indiana operations, bringing more than 21,000 jobs to the state in the coming years.  IDEC said the jobs have an average wage $21.72.

Gov. Mike Pence called 2013 a “groundbreaking year” for Indiana and said Wednesday’s announcement was “a great way to end a good year.”

“These businesses are proving what we’ve been saying all year, that Indiana is open for business, and that businesses looking for a place to grow and a place to prosper need look no further,” said Pence.

“The fact they want to be here is very important,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “It tells everybody we have that sort of climate where they can find employees (and) big city amenities.”

“I think it shows that they understand that their job is to make job growth easy for the people that are making those jobs,” said Bluebridge Digital CEO Santiago Jaramillo, who started the company in his college dorm room. “Anything they can do to remove the obstacles and lower the barriers to entry for people to start their own business and innovate in some other way, they know that’s going to be the driver to propel job growth and economic development in the state.”

House minority leader Scott Pelath said he was skeptical the announcement would lead to real jobs for Hoosiers.

“Hoosiers have seen a lot of these slick jobs announcements in recent years,” said Pelath. “And once the press releases are deleted and the promised jobs never materialize, they notice that the politicians are long gone…  Folks are skeptical about these announcements, and with good reason.”

“The overwhelming majority of incentives the state of Indiana provides to businesses to invest are based on when the jobs actually arrive,” said Pence. “We are confident about these numbers and confident about the (companies’) intentionality.”