CHESTERTON — EasyDial, a provider of portable hemodialysis machines, has begun construction on a new 42,000-square-foot production facility on Locust Street.
EasyDial CEO and President Renato Giordano, who founded the California-based company, said Chesterton is a welcome addition to their expansion efforts.
“We are extremely excited at the prospect of Indiana as a location for our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility because of its economic advantages, employee resources pool and geographical location," Giordano said at Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony. "Also, the people here are friendly people, absolutely warm.”
The Chesterton facility will bring 96 new, high-wage jobs to Porter County by 2020. Estimated completion of the new $21 million facility is March 2018.
EasyDial, which operates five facilities in the U.S. and three in Italy, manufactures a hemodialysis machine that is portable, simple to use and decreases the amount of time for treatment. One of the units, measuring less than 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide, appeared on display at the groundbreaking.
“Chesterton is about community. It’s about neighborhoods, not subdivisions. It’s about family, whether in the broader business sense or closer-to-home sense," Town Manager Bernie Doyle said.
"These are all core elements a business and industry looks for when looking to build or expand. Economic development is not just about securing jobs; it’s what the universities now call quality of place.”
Chesterton provides that quality of life, Doyle said, not just for EasyDial but also for the lives the company will improve through its product, the portable hemodialysis machine that allows patients to experience more freedom.
“EasyDial fits an important niche for Chesterton and Duneland,” Doyle said, “in that it is unique and leading-edge. It will greatly strengthen our growing family of bio-med, high-tech development, making Chesterton even more attractive to clean industry. It will add choices of better employment opportunities for locals, and it will extend quality of life. What a noble endeavor.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp., the state's commerce department, offered EasyDial up to $1 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans, which means that until Hoosiers are hired the company is not eligible to claim incentives.