The mayor of LaPorte says a new Ivy Tech Community College training facility is a “critical step” toward growing the local economy. Blair Milo says many businesses are exceeding their hiring projections and it is “imperative” to have a trained work force to meet employer demand. During a ribbon cutting today at the Ivy Tech campus, Milo said several companies, including Alcoa Howmet, Jaeger Unitek and B&B Manufacturing, are expected to combine for more than 500 new jobs in the coming years. In addition, she says over 1,000 positions are expected to be created from various expansions at the Thomas Rose Industrial Park. Major infrastructure improvements at that development are slated to begin this summer.

The campus is located at the park, which used to be the location of a Whirlpool manufacturing facility.

Just within the last six months, California-based Plastic Package announced it was moving manufacturing operations to the park.

B&B is in the midst of pumping $7 million into growing its existing operations and adding 40 employees at its facilities in another part of town, the East Gate Industrial Park.

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) broke ground last year on a $100 million production facility in La Porte.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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