The mayor of Jasper says employers in his city are trying to fill 700 openings. The jobs are available at companies including Kimball International Inc. (Nasdaq: KBALB) and JASPER Engines & Transmissions. Terry Seitz says the Dubois County city leads the state in terms of employment and labor rate participation. He says continuing efforts to make Jasper one of the greenest areas in the Midwest will help it compete with larger cities. Seitz and Jasper Utility Service Board Chairman Wayne Scheutter discussed the city's ongoing environmental and economic efforts on this weekend's edition of Inside INdiana Business Television. The city is working with Atlanta-based Twisted Oak Corp. on a plan to convert the existing Jasper Coal Plant into an environmentally-friendly Clean Energy Center. Seitz says the project will create up to 70 jobs with a total annual payroll of up to $3 million.

The city also partnered with Clean Cities Friday to host a seminar. The event focused on the benefits of Compressed Natural Gas.

Another company that has seen growth in Dubois County is Masterbrand Cabinets Inc. The company has announced plans to invest more than $1 million in new equipment and add 135 jobs this year.

Sources: City of Jasper, Inside INdiana Business

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