A 175-year-old lawn equipment manufacturer is planning to add up to 30 jobs by next year. Jeffersonville-based Brinly-Hardy Company Inc. wants to pump more than $4.6 million into a new propane-fired heating equipment line. July 25, 2014

News Release

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Brinly-Hardy Company, Inc., a manufacturer of lawn and garden equipment, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2015.

“With summer shining on Indiana, Brinly-Hardy brings an Indiana connection to time spent outdoors and freshly cut lawns across the country,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “The company's expansion of its Hoosier-built equipment is made possible by a strong business climate in a state that works and a workforce excited to build the tools that contribute to the beauty of gardens everywhere.”

The company will invest up to $4.63 million to renovate and equip its 240,000 square-foot facility in Jeffersonville. Following its purchase of Louisville Tin & Stove Co. this month, the company expects to begin producing residential gas and propane-fired heating equipment in Jeffersonville in 2015, adding to its current product line of lawn and garden tractors and attachments.

“This is a unique opportunity to put together two great, old companies from this area, and generate growth for both of them,” said Jane Hardy, chief executive officer of Brinly-Hardy. “Our manufacturing processes are so similar, but we've invested significantly in Lean production methods, and they haven’t yet. It's time for them to do that, and we can lead the way. It also gives us both the opportunity for a larger, more flexible workforce across multiple seasons. It's a real win/win.”

Founded in 1839, Brinly-Hardy designs, builds and distributes lawn and garden equipment, from lawn aerators and dethatched tractor attachments to utility carts and garden plows. A certified women's business enterprise, the company serves residential homeowners and the light-duty commercial lawn specialists across the nation through distributors, regional chain stores and large home improvement centers.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Brinly-Hardy Company, Inc. up to $150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Jeffersonville approved additional tax abatement at the request of One Southern Indiana.

“I'm always happy to learn a good local employer feels the time is right to expand and strengthen its existing commitment to Jeffersonville,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. “The decision by Brinly-Hardy to hire additional employees is exciting news for our community and bodes well for the future. I wish this company and all those who work there continued success.”

Brinly-Hardy's growth comes on the heels of Michigan-based Mill Steel announcing plans earlier this year that it will locate its first Indiana flat rolled steel service center in Jeffersonville, renovating a facility at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville and creating up to 43 new Indiana jobs in the coming years.

About Brinly-Hardy

Brinly-Hardy designs, builds and distributes quality lawn and garden tractor and ATV / UTV attachments and equipment to help you attain a healthy, green and vibrant lawn or garden – and sustain it.

We’re proud to be a family-owned company providing you Made in the USA lawn, garden and farm equipment. Our lawn equipment is built right here in Jeffersonville, IN. We’ve been dedicated to maintaining this legacy for more than 173 years by continuously looking for better ways to do things. For more information about Brinly-Hardy, visit www.brinly.com.

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: The Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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