Wayzata Home Products to bring 300 jobs to Connersville
Formal announcement expected Friday
Last Updated: 68 days ago
CONNERSVILLE,Ind. - Connersville was celebrating Friday after a cabinet company announced its plans to bring more than 300 jobs to the eastern Indiana city.
Wayzata Home Products announced Friday plans to invest $12 million to purchase and refurbish a building formerly occupied by Visteon. Based in Minnesota, Wayzata says the Connersville plant will house cabinet fabrication, finishing, assembly and distribution operations.
The site is the same location where Carbon Motors planned to build high-tech police cars, until its plans fell apart last year.
For the prospect of bringing in 300 jobs over the next five years, the city, which has an unemployment rate of 11.2 percent, agreed to sell the plant to Wayzata for $1.
Connersville resident Leonard Urban said he thinks it's a good deal.
"Even the minimum person is going to be between $12-$15 an hour," he said. "A lot of our people are over working in Greensburg or Shelbyville, making less than that and having to drive back and forth all the time. So this company is well thought of."
In a press conference Friday, Gov. Mike Pence said the state has offered $2 million in tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants to make the deal happen.
"Our performance-based credits, which will only show up when the jobs show up, I think is the right investment to encourage companies to come to the Hoosier state," Pence said.
A job fair is planned at the plant site for Oct. 15 and 16.
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