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Huntington Sheet Metal Expanding

December 23rd, 2011

News Coverage:

Local business to grow

Company to invest $800,000, add two jobs

Friday, December 23, 2011 4:00 am

BY LUCAS BECHTOL lbechtol@h-ponline.com

Huntington Sheet Metal is investing in new equipment for their facility which will create more jobs for Huntington.

“It’s a sizeable piece of equipment,” said Steve Shoemaker, sales and marketing manager for Huntington Sheet Metal. “It’s an investment of $800,000.”

The new machinery will also create two new jobs.

The equipment is not in yet, though they are hoping to have it in by the end of this week or early next with the plan of having it installed by the end of the year, he said.

“What we are is a sheet metal fabricator,” he said. “We did this to address current business as well as prepare for additional business that we anticipate.”

The new equipment will not allow the facility to offer any new services than they already do, he said.

“Basically to do similar type of work as we do today, just more of it, more volume,” Shoemaker said.

The company also applied for and received a 10-year tax abatement from the Huntington City Common Council.

“The investment will allow the company to retain 75 existing employees and will create two new jobs immediately after the equipment’s installed,” said Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County United Economic Development.

Huntington Sheet Metal is a local, family owned business.

“It’s a pleasure and very encouraging to help a locally, family-owned business as they expand and retain their existing work force,” he said.

With the abatement, Huntington Sheet Metal will pay $24,000 in taxes over the 10 year period, Wickersham said.

“It’s good news. Any kind of retention of existing employees and any growth opportunities at all is an encouragement under any circumstances,” he said.