Ozark Materials, a pavement marking material manufacturer, is renovating the former Bell Packaging plant at 3112 S Boots Street, a 177,000 square foot building in south Marion, Indiana.
According to the Grant County Economic Growth Council, Ozark Materials intends to begin full operations shortly, producing their waterborne traffic paint. The building acquisition and renovation costs, yet unknown, will add to the $1,200,000 initial investment in manufacturing equipment, research and development, logistics, and IT. The new Marion facility will initially create 15 jobs, with more likely to follow as demand increases.
“The City of Marion is perfectly located to allow Ozark to better serve its current and future customers throughout the Northeast and Midwest,” said Tomy Gamble, Director of Finance and Administration for Ozark Materials. “Ozark would especially like to thank Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, the Marion City Council, Tim Eckerle and the staff at the Grant County Economic Growth Council, and the staff at Marion Utilities. In addition, the Indiana WorkOne staff has provided crucial support in finding employees for the facility. We are excited about our continued growth and look forward to being part of the Marion community.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Ozark Materials conditional tax credits based on the job creation plan, in addition to a 9 year tax abatement through the City of Marion on the equipment purchased for the Marion facility. Additional incentives have been offered through Northeast Indiana Works for job recruitment and screening services.
“Across the state, we are celebrating job growth from companies like Ozark Materials that provide good jobs for families,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Here in a state that works, we have methodically created the nation’s fifth best business climate by reducing regulations, lowering taxes and ensuring our Hoosier workforce has the skills they need to fill the jobs of the future. We are committed to taking Indiana to the next level and ensuring that we remain a magnet for jobs for generations to come.”
“We are pleased that Ozark has joined our community,” said Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh. “We hope this partnership continues for years to come. We appreciate all of the work the Grant County Economic Growth Council has done to make this project happen.”