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2. Springfield chosen for its workforce, location
Brad Pepper, the vice president of Topre America, said Springfield’s workforce was the primary reason it was chosen over sites in Indiana, Alabama and Tennessee.
Nearly 300 people applied for the first jobs Topre made available in 2016 and of that number, he estimated 80 percent were qualified to work for the manufacturer. That, along with Springfield’s proximity to Topre’s customers, were key to the decision to expand again here, Pepper said.
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3. Officials say expansion ‘important step for region’
Horton Hobbs, vice president of economic development for the Chamber of Greater Springfield, said he is hopeful the announcement will draw workers from outside Clark County. He said about 54 percent of Clark County’s workforce now travels to other counties for work. These new jobs are a step toward reversing that trend, Hobbs said.