9 companies pledge up to 2,500 new jobs for Indiana

Daniels touts jobs announcements

INDIANAPOLIS - Nine companies announced Tuesday that they plan to bring more jobs to Indiana, adding up to a pledge of more than 2,500 jobs in the coming years.

The companies that announced expansion plans include Angie's List, Atwood Mobile Products, BidPal, Brunswick Fort Wayne Operations, Café Valley, ExactTarget, Inventure Foods, Mitsubishi Engine North America and Moorehead Communications.

Of the nine companies, six are planning to add jobs in central Indiana.

Angie's List pledged to invest $1 million to expand its facility in Indiana, adding up to 850 additional jobs by 2017. The Indianapolis-based company that is a local consumer review service currently has about 1,000 employees in the city.

"We're continuing to expand our headquarters here in the state of Indiana, so we expect to add those jobs between now and the end of 2017," said company co-founder Angie Hicks.

BidPal, a company that helps nonprofits increase charitable fundraising, plans to invest $3.5 million to add to its office space on Indianapolis' north side, adding up to 172 new jobs by 2017.

BidPal received a $1 million grant from Indiana's 21st Century Research and Technology Fund in 2009 and currently employs 65 people.

Café Valley, which produces baked goods for restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores all over the U.S. and overseas, plans to build a new facility on the site where Thomson Consumer Electronics once stood in Marion, adding 400 new jobs by the end of 2018.

Café Valley plans to open in 2014, with about 100 employees to start.

ExactTarget is planning a $55 million investment in equipment and real estate to expand its business in Indianapolis through 2018, adding up to 500 new jobs.

ExactTarget currently has about 1,000 employees and became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this year. It also acquired two other companies this year.

"We are looking to hire Hoosiers. Indianapolis is home, and it's the headquarters in our growing international business," said Todd Richardson with ExactTarget. "As a lifelong Hoosier, it's very important for myself and the rest of the executives at ExactTarget to call Indianapolis home."

Mitsubishi Engine North America plans to begin building turbochargers for automobiles and is set to invest nearly $11 million to put its first plant on its existing facility in Franklin, adding up to 73 new jobs by 2016. The company plans to add an additional 10,700 square feet to its existing facility.

Moorehead Communications, also known as TCC or The Cellular Connection, expects to grow its Indiana presence, adding up to 145 new jobs by 2016. TCC currently employes 467 people in Indiana.

Gov. Mitch Daniels was on hand for Tuesday's announcement.

"We've added jobs at nearly twice the national average for the past three years, but we have seen a significant surge of new interest in the past several months," Daniels said in a news release.

Daniels intimated that there will be more announcements forthcoming.

"This is not it. These nine will be followed by others that we’re still working on, and Indiana will never have enough jobs -- never have enough opportunity," Daniels said. 

Each of the companies received tax credits and/or training grants. The companies may also receive property tax abatement from local authorities.

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