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Indiana Coatings spreading employment in Berne

BERNE, Ind. — Automotive and appliance coatings supplier Indiana Coatings is opening a new facility in Berne. The company is investing about $3.8 million in the project, which will create up to 120 jobs in the next three years.

Indiana Coatings, which is affiliated with a similar facility in Ontario, plans to locate its new facility in the former Ficosa North America plant at 917 Liechty Road, in Berne. With its Berne operations, Indiana Coatings hopes to become TS-16949 and ISO-9001 certified to meet its customers’ coating needs. Indiana Coatings plans to begin production in Berne in January 2016.

“We are happy to have found Adams County and for the Berne community to become the home of our new business,” said Ashok Bhatt, treasurer of Indiana Coatings. “Our mission is to provide the best quality product at a fair price for our customers. The City of Berne, Mayor McKean, the Adams County Economic Development Corporation and the state of Indiana have given us the tools we need to fulfill this goal.”

Indiana Coatings is committed to environmentally sustainable business practices, which involve preventing pollution, complying with environmental regulatory requirements and continually improving environmental management systems. The company’s facility in Berne will also be ISO/TS 16949 certified, requiring it to comply with quality management principles pertaining to the automotive and appliance supply chain.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Indiana Coatings Inc. up to $1 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The City of Berne approved additional incentives at the request of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation.

Source: IEDC Press Release

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