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EP Graphics Expanding

April 25th, 2012

News Coverage:

$6 million EP Graphics expansion gets abatement

April 24, 2012

By J Swygart

With two of its five members absent, Berne City Council conducted only a portion of its planned business Monday evening, while postponing other actions until the full body is present.

Two planned public hearings went ahead as scheduled, including a session to accept comment on a proposal to establish an Economic Revitalization Area at EP Graphics as part of a 10-year tax abatement request.

Tyler Kitt, chief executive officer at EP Graphics, was present at the April 9 council meeting to announce the companys planned $6 million expansion and renovation project that he said would add 10 jobs to the current 70-member workforce.

Larry Macklin, executive director of the Adams County Economic Development Corp., spoke on behalf of the abatement request during Monday's public hearing, saying the new jobs proposed by EP Graphics "are a huge lift for us."

"We're very proud of EP Graphics for their continued growth and are asking you tonight to finalize the Economic Revitalization Area for tax abatement purposes," Macklin said. No one spoke in opposition to the request and council voted 3-0 to approve the tax abatement.