Deal helps local company expand

Clark County commissioners approve land agreement that involves CIC.


A Springfield company said it plans to expand after reaching a deal Tuesday to purchase land from Clark County for a larger machine shop.

Clark County commissioners approved a resolution to solidify the agreement between the Clark County Community Improvement Corp. and the Horner Industrial Group. The company is based in Indianapolis and employs about 35 people locally, said Mike Harper, operations manager for the company’s Springfield division. Overall, the company has more than 300 employees at locations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Under the agreement, the county will turn over slightly less than an acre of land to the CIC, which will in turn sell the property to the company for $11,000, said Horton Hobbs, vice president of economic development for the CIC. The CIC serves as the economic development arm of the county.

The property is located next to the Humane Society Serving Clark County on Urbana Road. The Horner Industrial Group, which provides motor repair and machine shop services to industrial clients, is growing and plans to use the new property to expand its shop, Harper said.

He declined to provide additional details on the size of the company’s investment or how many new employees the expansion might include, but he said the land agreement could be finalized by the end of the month.

The company’s Springfield office was the first to be located in the KTK Industrial Park and last expanded in 1988, Harper said.

“We hope to be in a position to give back to the community by expanding,” Harper said.

The deal has been in the works for almost two years, and Harper credited Hobbs and Clark County Commissioner John Detrick for helping make the agreement possible.

The CIC is tasked with facilitating development in the community, Hobbs said, and the company’s expansion is a good thing for Clark County.

“We’re really pleased with their growth and their expansion in our community,” Hobbs said.

The agreement is a sign that the county can work with local businesses to encourage investment, Detrick said.

“This is a good example of county government cooperating for promotion of jobs and keeping a local business here, which is going to employ over 35 people,” Detrick said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Navistar, local leaders push others to buy trucks made in Springfield
Navistar, local leaders push others to buy trucks made in Springfield

Members of the UAW Local 402 and Chamber of Greater Springfield are increasingly working with area businesses as part of a two-year effort to encourage them to buy Navistar products made in Springfield. The chamber and UAW started out more than a year ago with a mailing campaign to more than 600 townships, villages cities and other government entities...
Tips for buying items at local festivals
Tips for buying items at local festivals

Late summer and fall is the prime time for festivals in the Miami Valley. Many of these offer bourbon chicken, lemon shake-ups, Ferris wheels and an overwhelming number of vendors. If you’d like to purchase beautiful handcrafted goods and other items at these events, Better Business Bureau wants you to consider these tips: ...
Quality available at thrift stores and community colleges
Quality available at thrift stores and community colleges

Don’t let your love of fashionable footwear break the bank! Here’s how to get gently used Michael Kors, Casadei and Burberry for outrageously low prices. Next time you need a pair of shoes for a night out on the town, you’d be wise to visit your local thrift store. At a recent check to a metro Atlanta area thrift store, we found some...
Moraine-based wholesaler celebrates growth, new office
Moraine-based wholesaler celebrates growth, new office

Moraine-based Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened a new Winsupply company in Franklin, Tenn., its fifth new company of 2017. Winsupply of Franklin will serve plumbing contractors in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States, and throughout greater Nashville, the company said Friday. RELATED: ...
Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close
Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close

Dozens of Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the United States abruptly closed without warning amidst its parent company’s bankruptcy proceedings. Calls to a location in Duluth, Georgia, went unanswered Thursday afternoon, and restaurant review site Yelp deemed it closed based on user feedback. The Gwinnett site is also not listed on...
More Stories