Local businesses expansions to create 28 jobs

2014-04-01T09:30:00Z 2014-04-01T16:37:03Z Local businesses expansions to create 28 jobsBy Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326 nwitimes.com

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has announced two business expansions in Northwest Indiana that will create 28 new jobs by 2016.

The IEDC, the state's department of commerce, will be granting up to $175,000 in conditional tax credits to Green Sense Farms to expand its Ameriplex at the Port facility in Portage.

The company has pledged to add 20 new jobs by 2015. Green Sense Farms is spending $2.14 million to renovate and equip a 30,000 square-foot facility at its Ameriplex vertical farm.

Green Sense Farms is a home-grown Hoosier company that grows produce for clients in five states including Whole Foods.

“We chose Portage for our first farm because of the business-friendly environment, the good work force and the easy access to the interstate highway system that allows us to serve a five-state area,” said Robert Colangelo, co-founding farmer and president of Green Sense Farms, in a statement. “We look forward to promoting sustainable farming and being part of the Duneland Community, a precious ecosystem.”

The IEDC will grant Linde Gas North America $72,000 in conditional tax credits to expand its Hammond facility and add eight new jobs by 2016.

Linde invested $4 million to construct and equip a new 3,800 square-foot specialty gases production facility at the site of its existing plant in Hammond.

Linde Gas is a Munich, Germany, company that produces specialty gases for industry in Hammond. Linde employs 5,000 in the United States, of whom 160 work in Indiana.

“Our location in Indiana gives Linde and its independent distributors the ability to serve high quality products to a broad range of end users throughout North America,” said Jack Taylor, plant manager of Linde in Hammond, in a statement. “We are very proud of this new facility which melds perfectly with Linde’s goal to be a total gas supplier and reinforces our commitment to our independent distributor network, the largest in North America”

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