Training Firm Adding Jobs

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Lake County-based Safety Training Services Inc. has announced plans for a new facility in Highland. The company says it will invest more than $1.3 million in the project and create up to 16 jobs by 2017.

December 19, 2014

News Release

Highland, Ind. -- Safety Training Services, Inc., a consulting and training firm for workplace safety, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 16 new jobs by 2017.

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."

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. Interested applicants may visit http://www.safetytrainingservices.net to view employment opportunities.

"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."

Founded in 2001, Safety Training Services offers compliance consulting, OSHA training and hands-on workplace safety training in hazardous waste management, emergency response, first aid, AED, CPR, confined space entry, fall protection and industrial rescue. Serving the construction, petroleum, natural gas, steel and general manufacturing industries, the company has doubled its sales and personnel in the last three years.

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."

Companies continue to find Indiana's pro-business environment a boon to strategic long-term growth. In July, Markham, Illinois-based Superior Truss & Panel announced plans to relocate its operations to Lake County, investing $2.6 million and creating up to 52 Hoosier jobs in the coming years.

About Safety Training Services

Founded in 2001, Safety Training Services offers compliance consulting, OSHA training and hands-on workplace safety training in hazardous waste management, emergency response, first aid, AED, CPR, confined space entry, fall protection and industrial rescue.

About IEDC

Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corp.