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Auburn annexes new factory site

September 19th, 2012

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KPC News

Auburn annexes new factory site

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

By Aaron Organ

AUBURN — The Scot Industries Inc. plant under construction west of I-69 will lie within the city, after the Auburn City Council on Tuesday voted to annex 140 acres southwest of the current city limits.
 
The annexation passed unanimously on its second and final reading.
 
Scot Industries, a manufacturer of steel tube and bar products, is erecting a $34.7 million, 250,000-square-foot plant along the south side of C.R. 48, just west of I-69. The Texas-based company will own 106 of the 140 acres being annexed.
 
The plant will bring 60-80 jobs by 2014 and as many as 165 jobs to the area once it is fully operational, Scot Industries has said.
 
The council also voted on second reading, 5-1, to grant a tax abatement to Auburn Manufacturing on a new, $615,000 multi-tasking mill turn machine for its South Wayne Street facility.
 
Auburn Manufacturing president Chris Horton said previously the highly technical machine will advance his company from a focused turning center to a milling and turning center, which is much more marketable, and add two employees to his 10-member staff.
 
Councilman Mike Walter voted against the abatement.
 
Council members Dick Stahly and Marilyn Gearhart both voiced support for Auburn Manufacturing’s growth.
 
“I am thrilled to have this type of higher technology in our community,” Gearhart said. “When I think in terms of the good that can be had, it’s great for our community.”
 
Stahly informed his colleagues that the council’s appointment to the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, Chuck Kuhn, has died. He said the council will need to appoint a new member. Kuhn, who served as vice chairman for the zoning board and worked in the DeKalb County Assessor’s office, died Sept. 2 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was 68.
 
Stahly said he would like to receive nominations from council members within a week.
 
Councilman David Painter was absent, resulting in only six votes on Tuesday’s decisions.

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