TRADEBE Environmental Services, a Spain-based provider of industrial waste management services, plans to relocate its U.S. headquarters from Oakbrook, Illinois, to Merrillville, Indiana. The company will also expand its existing operations in East Chicago, creating up to 55 new jobs by 2017.
The company, which is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Tradebe, GP and Subsidiaries in Barcelona, Spain, will invest $150,000 to relocate its Illinois-based headquarters to 1433 E. 83rd Ave. in Merrillville. This new location will serve as the organization’s new U.S. headquarters, housing professional staff in accounting, administration, human resources, customer service, sales and environmental, health and safety departments. The relocation, which is already underway, will create up to 30 new high-wage jobs and complement the company’s existing waste management operations in East Chicago.
“With the recent construction and commissioning of our second SDS unit, we have searched for the ideal location where we could combine our headquarters staff with the majority of our staff currently located in East Chicago,” said Victor Creixell, chief executive officer of TRADEBE USA. “Relocating our headquarters gives us the opportunity to bring much of our Midwest office staff together in one location to promote efficiencies within the organization with our new headquarters just 20 miles from the East Chicago facility.”
“Today’s news shows that the Hoosier advantage is clear,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith. “When faced with a world of options, companies like TRADEBE continue to choose Indiana because of our state’s business-friendly climate and fiscal strength. With low taxes, reduced regulations and a strong Hoosier workforce, Indiana is a state that works for business.”
This is the company’s second major expansion in Lake County. Over the last year, TRADEBE has invested $16 million to expand and renovate its Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facility at 4343 Kennedy Ave. in East Chicago, which will create up to 25 new Hoosier jobs by 2017. As part of this expansion, the company built a second Solids Distillation System (SDS), which is the only technology of its kind in the United States that offers generators an effective and cost-efficient method for recycling organic solid waste.
As an incentive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Tradebe, GP and Subsidiaries up to $600,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans in Lake County. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Merrillville supports the project and the city of East Chicago approved additional incentives at the request of the Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance.