Harrison Electric expanding Michigan City operations, adding jobs

2013-08-21T10:45:00Z 2013-08-21T17:00:19Z Harrison Electric expanding Michigan City operations, adding jobsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 21, 2013 10:45 am  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | An electric motor repair company in Michigan City plans to invest $1 million to expand operations, adding 14 new jobs.

Harrison Electric Inc., 10855 W. 400, will construct and equip a 15,000-square-foot expansion to its 23,000-square-foot facility, according to a news release issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. on Wednesday.

The facility is expected to be operational by December and will help the company double its lifting capacity of electric motors to 40 tons.

"With the current limitations of our facility, we were being forced to turn down work," said Tom Walma, president of Harrison Electric, in a statement.

"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 form local and state leaders will allow us to continue growing our business right here at home."

The Indiana Economic Development Corp., which serves as the state's department of commerce, offered Harrison Electric up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. The performance-based incentives make the funds contingent upon hiring Indiana residents.

LaPorte County approved additional tax abatements.

"We understand that keeping our core businesses successful will result in job stability and new job creation," said Mark Yagelski, president of the LaPorte County Council, in the statement. "If we cannot take care of what we have today, how an those outside of LaPorte feel comfortable making investments here?"

Harrison Electric, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, specializes in motor and electrical apparatus repair and maintenance in the Chicago, northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan markets.

Harrison Electric has more than 30 full-time employees and plans to hire machinists, mechanics and electrical technicians in December. Anyone interested in applying may apply in person or learn more online at www.harrison-elec.com.

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