Washington-based Alliance Barrier Films LLC plans to expand and add nearly 50 workers by 2016. The company intends to invest $16 million to build a new operation near I-69 in the Daviess County city. September 18, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Ind. – Alliance Barrier Films, LLC, a high-barrier film processor for polyolefin products, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 48 new jobs by 2016.

“Indiana has established itself as an advanced manufacturing leader,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Indiana is home to a skilled manufacturing workforce, experienced in designing, building and engineering. Coupled with our low tax, pro-growth business environment, businesses like Alliance Barrier Films know that Indiana is a state that works for business.”

The company will invest $16 million to construct and equip a 17,600 square-foot facility located at the Interstate 69 and State Road 50/150 interchange in Washington. As part of the project, Alliance Barrier Films will purchase additional manufacturing equipment that will have the capability to produce flat, gauge band free films for demanding requirements and applications. It plans to begin hiring and training additional manufacturing associates by the end of the year.

“We believe in the future and we are investing in the future,” said Tom Huff, owner of Alliance Barrier Films. “Indiana's workforce has been a valuable resource and our ability to produce innovative, cost effective, high quality films will be unparalleled in the industry. I have a long and very successful history with Daviess County, Ind. and I look forward to continuing these relationships and successes in the future.”

Alliance Barrier Films uses coextruded film technology to produce high-barrier blown films for use in food and converter packaging. Huff, as the president of Odon, Ind.-based United Films Corporation, became the first blown film processor in North America to utilize Windmoeller & Hoelscher high barrier blown film technology at its second manufacturing facility in Bloomington in 1996.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Alliance Barrier Films up to $250,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in infrastructure improvements 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 Washington approved additional property tax abatement at the request of Daviess County Economic Development Corporation.

“It is particularly good for Washington and Daviess County that we were able in this joint project to facilitate Alliance Barrier Films' expansion,” said Washington Mayor Wellman. “Tom and his companies have done well in this specialized field of blown film manufacturing, which fits well for other packaging and manufacturing needs in the region.”

Indiana is home to the largest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the United States. Five years in a row, Indiana has also received an A for its overall manufacturing industry health from Conexus Indiana.

About Alliance Barrier Films

Alliance Barrier Films is a manufacturer of specialty and high barrier coextruded films for the flexible packaging industry. Alliance processes resins that include EVOH, nylon and hybrid polyolefins to produce proprietary coextruded films for critical end use applications.

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 Commission

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