Safety Training Services, Inc., a consulting and training firm for workplace safety, plans to expand its operations center, creating up to 16 new jobs by 2017 in Highland, Indiana.
The homegrown Hoosier-company will invest $1.33 million to purchase and equip a new 18,000 square-foot facility in Highland. The facility, which will be fully operational by February, will enable the company to double its student training capacity, expand its safety course offerings and host larger workplace safety events and seminars.
“Safety Training Services understands that workplace safety doesn’t just happen – it’s something that must be intentionally created and methodically implemented,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “In the same way, great business environments like Indiana’s must be meticulously crafted and maintained to give companies every possible edge in today’s competitive global economy.”
“Indiana is a great place for our training center,” said Mark Fleishman, Operations Manager at Safety Training Services. “The locale in the Midwest for easy access, the favorable tax rate structure compared to neighboring states and, of course, the industrial and construction industries we serve are all here.”
Safety Training Services, which currently employs 19 full-time Indiana associates, plans to begin hiring OSHA and workplace safety instructors and information technology, facilities, and industrial rescue personnel next spring.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Safety Training Services, Inc. up to $85,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $35,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Highland approved additional incentives at the request of the Lake County Economic Alliance.
“We are thrilled to bring Safety Training Services to our northern business corridor in Highland. This project offers a win-win for all parties,” said Dan Vassar, President of the Highland Town Council. “Safety Training Services is making a significant investment in the rehabbing of a facility that had been vacant. Along with bringing existing and new jobs to town, this project demonstrates how Highland has utilized tax abatement to eliminate potential and existing blight."