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Logansport mayor says more advanced manufacturing jobs coming

Last Updated on November 17, 2016 by cassnetwork

A long-time, Logansport-grown manufacturer on the city’s south side has unveiled plans to add 40 more positions.

Clay Jackson, chief operating officer of Small Parts, met with the Logansport City Council Finance Committee Wednesday evening to discuss plans for a $7.2 million investment. As part of that investment, Small Parts is seeking a five-year tax abatement on new manufacturing equipment. The council is expected to act on that abatement request at its next meeting Dec. 5.

If approved, the company will proceed with plans to hire employees for additional advanced manufacturing jobs averaging $17 an hour.

Mayor Dave Kitchell said the news the council heard from Small Parts Wednesday night is the opposite of what many communities are hearing from manufacturers that are shedding Indiana jobs in favor of plants in other countries.

“Small Parts has been a leading corporate citizen in Logansport for many decades and this project continues to keep the corporation on a glidepath for continue growth and prosperity,” Kitchell said. “Small Parts is a shining example of what can happen when a locally-owned company remains loyal to its community and the community reciprocates.”

The mayor also said he appreciates the work of County Economic Development Director Christy Householder who began discussions on the expansion before the city restored its agreement with the Cass-Logansport Economic Development Organizatoin earlier this year.

“We’re fortunate to be able to have the support of Cass County officials, and this is another instance of what can happen when we all work together for the common good of our community.”

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell