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Brinly-Hardy Company To Invest $4.63 Million To Upgrade Its Jeffersonville, Indiana, Manufacturing Center

Area Development Online News Desk (07/28/2014)
Brinly-Hardy Company, Inc., a manufacturer of lawn and garden equipment, plans to expand its Jeffersonville, Indiana, operations here, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2015.

The company will invest up to $4.63 million to renovate and equip its 240,000 square-foot facility in Jeffersonville. Following its purchase of Louisville Tin & Stove Co. this month, the company expects to begin producing residential gas and propane-fired heating equipment in Jeffersonville in 2015, adding to its current product line of lawn and garden tractors and attachments.

“This is a unique opportunity to put together two great, old companies from this area, and generate growth for both of them,” said Jane Hardy, CEO of Brinly-Hardy. “Our manufacturing processes are so similar, but we’ve invested significantly in Lean production methods, and they haven’t yet. It’s time for them to do that, and we can lead the way. It also gives us both the opportunity for a larger, more flexible workforce across multiple seasons. It’s a real win/win.”

Founded in 1839, Brinly-Hardy designs, builds and distributes lawn and garden equipment, from lawn aerators and dethatched tractor attachments to utility carts and garden plows. A certified women’s business enterprise, the company serves residential homeowners and the light-duty commercial lawn specialists across the nation through distributors, regional chain stores and large home improvement centers.

“With summer shining on Indiana, Brinly-Hardy brings an Indiana connection to time spent outdoors and freshly cut lawns across the country,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “The company’s expansion of its Hoosier-built equipment is made possible by a strong business climate in a state that works and a workforce excited to build the tools that contribute to the beauty of gardens everywhere.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Brinly-Hardy Company, Inc. up to $150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants 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 Jeffersonville approved additional tax abatement at the request of One Southern Indiana.

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