B&J Medical Expanding in Noble County

September 3rd, 2014

News Coverage:

Medical manufacturer adding 10 jobs

County Council OKs tax $2M abatement

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 7:44 am, Wed Sep 3, 2014.

By Bob Braley

ALBION — A Noble County-based company plans to add 10 jobs at its rural Kendallville plant, with 30 more jobs projected there and more still at the company’s Wawaka facility.

The Noble County Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve a $2 million tax abatement for B&J Medical that the company says will help bring 10 jobs to its plant in the former Group Dekko complex just off U.S. 6 near Kendallville.

The $2 million in equipment will fill existing space in the building, said Jessica Grossman of Region III-A Economic Development District & Regional Planning Commission. The company is planning to expand the building next year and add another 30 jobs with the new equipment to be brought in then.

B&J Medical’s parent company, B&J Specialty, also is planning to expand and add jobs at its Wawaka plant, Grossman said.

The council approved phasing in property taxes on the new equipment over nine years. Council President Wayne Clouse, who has said in the past he opposes tax abatements, was the lone dissenting vote.