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Huntington Sheet Metal expanding

July 15th, 2012

News Coverage:

Industry expanding, hiring three new employees

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:13 pm

BY LUCAS BECHTOL lbechtol@h-ponline.com

With a tax abatement in hand, Huntington Sheet Metal plans to invest in the community, expanding their business and creating more jobs.

The abatement will last 10 years.

“This is for the purchase of new fabrication equipment,” said Steve Shoemaker, sales and marketing manager for Huntington Sheet Metal.

The equipment is a $1.2 million investment, he said.

“We will purchase as quickly as possible once this abatement is approved,” Shoemaker added.

In addition, the investment will come with a need for three new employees with total salaries for those jobs adding to $90,000, according to the tax abatement documents.

Shoemaker said the company would prefer these employees to come from Huntington County.

The Huntington City Common Council approved the abatement with a 7-0 vote on Tuesday evening.

Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County United Economic Development, said he was excited for Huntington Sheet Metal, a local, family owned industry, to have the opportunity to grow.

“It’s good news for their workforce and their team and a demonstration of the market opportunities for the company,” he said. “We’re proud of them and look forward to continuing to work together to help them succeed.”

Wickersham said he is also appreciative of the council’s vote in favor of the abatement.

Councilman Jim Long, third district, voted in favor of the abatement.

“My thought on abatements and stuff like that is that any time they’re going to help the city out, we should help them out, too,” he said. “If they’re helping the city out we got to help them, it’s part of the whole game.”

Hiring more employees was also a positive aspect for him.