The chief executive officer of a major southern Indiana manufacturer that employs is calling Indiana "the ideal location for growth." Dubois County-based Jasper Group’s Mike Elliott made the comment Friday during a visit from Governor Eric Holcomb as the company detailed previously-announced plans to move in and renovate a former Paoli Inc. facility in Orleans and add 316 jobs. "Our family at Jasper Group continues to grow as we begin operations at this new facility in Orange County," Elliott said.
The Jasper Group umbrella includes four brands and more than 2.3 million square-feet of manufacturing space in Dubois and Orange counties, currently employing some 1,000 workers at seven locations. Paoli Inc. announced in 2016 it would close the Orleans operation and let 500 go employees. Jasper Group became owner of the 1.2 million square-foot manufacturing site at the end of last year and has already begun some production. It is now the company’s largest operation.
The business, public space and hospitality industry furniture maker has showrooms in 10 states outside of Indiana to sell its JSI, Community, Klem and Jasper Desk brands.
Jasper Seating Co., which does business as Jasper Group, has been offered up to $2.1 million in conditional tax and training incentives through the Indiana Economic Development Corp. for its Orange County growth plans. The town of Orleans and Radius Indiana are also providing support for the move. The new jobs are slated to be added by 2021.