New Plant Reflects I-69 Impact, Collaboration

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Officials in Daviess County say a ribbon-cutting this morning in Washington illustrates development efforts sparked by the I-69 expansion are paying off. M&C Tech Indiana plans to employ 70 at its new, $4.6 million plant. Daviess County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Ron Arnold says the facility is a reflection of strategic and collaborative work among stakeholders throughout the region. M&C makes plastic components like light assemblies and door parts for auto manufacturers.

"We look forward to M&C Tech Indiana being the first of major successes associated with our development of the Exit 62 area of I-69," he said.

The area includes a $10 million cross-dock facility and shell building that opened in 2016. It sits on 23 acres near I-69 and U.S. 50/150 that are geared for developers through transportation access and infrastructure improvements.

During a presentation Tuesday morning on the floor of M&C Tech Indiana, Governor Eric Holcomb said projects like I-69 have global reach. "It's not just connecting three cities -- Washington to Evansville or Washington to Indianapolis -- it's not just connecting three countries -- Indiana or America to Mexico, America to Canada -- it truly is connecting cities like Washington, Indiana to the rest of the world," he added.

The new facility is a joint venture between two Japanese companies, Moriroku Chemicals and Chubu Kagaku. It currently employs 15 in Washington. Previous legwork on the investment includes a 2016 visit to Japan by Washington Mayor Joe Wellman to tout the logistical advantages of I-69. You can connect to more about the ribbon-cutting by clicking here.

During a presentation this morning on the floor of M&C Tech Indiana, Governor Eric Holcomb said projects like I-69 have global reach.
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