Building Indiana » Building Indiana | INDOT Announces Hiring Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:34:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 INDOT Announces Hiring Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:34:56 +0000 The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that it is seeking to fill a few important positions. For full details of each opening, and information on how to apply, simply follow the links below.

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Franciscan Buys Jasper County Hospital Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:29:44 +0000 Franciscan Alliance has finalized the purchase of Jasper County Hospital, effective Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

The sale of the hospital follows a June 1, 2015 meeting where the Jasper County Hospital Board of Trustees, Jasper County Board of Commissioners and the Jasper County Council all voted unanimously in favor of entering into an asset purchase agreement with Franciscan Alliance.

Franciscan Alliance, based out of Mishawaka, Ind., will make Jasper County Hospital the 14th hospital it operates in Indiana and Illinois.

“Since the initial announcement, we have had numerous meetings with employees at Jasper County Hospital about the transition on Sept. 1,” said Terry Wilson, president and CEO for Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health and Franciscan Health Rensselaer. “Those meetings have included everything from town hall formats with employees talking about benefits to department meetings to talk about best practices, transitioning to new computer systems and more.”

“We have a long standing relationship with the hospital and look forward to strengthening healthcare services offered in the community and in the region,” continued Wilson. “We’ve worked very well with Tim Schreeg and the leadership team at Jasper County Hospital throughout the years – and even more so during this transition.”

“We are excited to become a part of the Franciscan family,” said Tim Schreeg, vice president and chief operating officer for Franciscan Health. “Our employees have been working very hard to provide care for our community as well as prepare for the transition. We know there are a lot of changes that will be coming, but through it all, we and the Franciscan team are committed to providing quality care here in this community.”

One of the first changes to the facility will be a new name to reflect its identity as a larger system and a Catholic healthcare system. Jasper County Hospital will now be known as Franciscan Health Rensselaer. New signage will be installed throughout the facility and at outlying health centers in upcoming weeks. Other aspects of the new branding will be introduced as well during the upcoming weeks.

Jasper County Hospital employees will become employees of Franciscan Health Rensselaer.

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Women’s Economic Opportunity Center for Indiana Announces Debut Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:40:26 +0000 The Women’s Economic Opportunity Center for Indiana, which is based at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, has officially begun its mission to assist women and immigrants with their business goals.

The center is being funded through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. It will support entrepreneurs in 83 counties. The Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, a separate but similar program affiliated with the Indy Chamber, serves entrepreneurs in Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Brown, Putnam, Boone and Shelby counties. The WEOC will cover the remaining counties through partnerships with existing organizations and its physical presence at the NIIC’s innovation park campus in Allen County.

The initiative will provide counseling, mentoring, coaching and business development assistance, as well as help with access to legal, financial, capital, marketing, business planning and management team expertise and tools.

The organization is collaborating with national programs to provide various support to participants. They include Wendy Kennedy International, Mentoring Women’s Network and the Tejara Global Business Development Center.

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Vice Chancellor of Information Services named at Purdue Calumet/North Central Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:54:31 +0000 Winders Tim 0815.jpegHAMMOND, Ind. and WESTVILLE, Ind. – An information technology veteran with 20 years of versatile experience in post-secondary education will join Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central as Vice Chancellor of Information Services Nov. 1.

The appointment of Tim Winders is announced by both campuses in anticipation of their emerging unification into Purdue University Northwest (PNW), subject to approval by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits both universities. The unification is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

Winders is Associate Dean of Information Technology at South Plains College, a junior college in the west Texas community of Levelland. He succeeds Sarah Howard, whose previously announced retirement becomes effective Oct. 15.


Extensive experience

Throughout his two decades with South Plains, Winders has led efforts to evaluate and invest in emerging technologies while leveraging limited budget and resources. This philosophy has created a technology-friendly atmosphere that has helped increase student enrollment and supports faculty, staff and student success.

In his new role, Winders will have overall responsibility and oversight for delivery and integration of information technology for both Northwest Indiana Purdue campuses. He also will be responsible for effective governance and policies related to access and use of the campuses’ information services and technology systems, as well as leadership and implementation of system-wide and regional campus IS strategic goals, strategies, policies and procedures. Additionally, he will provide leadership in preparing the campuses to make appropriate choices about new and developing information technologies to foster high quality research learning services that meet the curricular and scholarly needs of faculty, students, staff and community.

“Tim’s many years as a technology leader with hands-on experience in higher education technology management make him the right fit for this important role as our two campuses come together,” Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin said. “We look forward to Tim’s ability to leverage our outstanding Information Services team’s talents to continue to improve the technology experience on both campuses for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”


Technology advisor

Previous to joining South Plains, Winders gained significant experience in the information technology industry. He earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. He also has earned multiple information technology certifications and awards, and he serves extensively as a technology advisor for business and K-12 educational partners in his community.

“I am humbled by the enthusiasm with which my appointment is being met, but I must admit to being equally elated,” Winders said. “When I heard the vision for the Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central family from the Chancellors, I was immediately drawn to their passion. I am eager to become part of the team that implements that vision.”


Retiring current VC

Retiring Vice Chancellor Howard has had an extensive career as both an information technology and higher education professional. Since joining Purdue Calumet in 2001, she has served in multiple leadership roles including Dean of Students, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Services. She has been Vice Chancellor of Information Services for Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central since June 2014.

“Under Sarah’s leadership, the unification of the two campuses’ Information Services organization, processes, technology solutions and strategies to support student and faculty success has made significant progress in just the past year,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “Additionally, she has left her mark on the Calumet campus with significant enhancements to student services and student experience during her time here. We thank her for her considerable contributions.”

As the unified Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central, Purdue University Northwest would become the fifth largest public university in Indiana, enrolling approximately 16,000 students and offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs of study on two vibrant campuses.

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Purdue Research Park Announces Expansion Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:43:52 +0000 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A $12 million, 60,000-square-foot expansion of the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center in the Purdue Research Park will provide needed space for startups and established companies, Purdue officials announced Tuesday (Aug. 25).

The Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette has been filled to near capacity for three years. Although the new space won’t open until early 2017, about two-thirds, or 40,000 square feet, already has been leased. The 725-acre park, which is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country, has 51 buildings, nearly 1.7 million square feet of office and lab space, and is home to more than 260 companies that employ about 4,500 people. The park system, in conjunction with the Purdue Foundry, received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship.

“There is a lot of activity happening at Purdue in innovation, technology translation and startup creation, and we are literally bursting at the seams with the greater demand from companies for space to build their businesses,” said Dan Hasler, president of Purdue Research Foundation, which manages the Purdue Research Park network. “Not only is the new expansion more than half filled, we are in talks with other entrepreneurs who are interested in moving into the space or who are already in the park and are expanding their own companies and need even more space.”

The two-story expansion is planned for the east side of the Kurz building, located at 1281 Win Hentschel Blvd. About 75 percent of the new area is slated for office and meeting space, with the remainder for research and development.

The expansion plans include:

  • A 10,000-square-foot collaborative space for co-working, meetings and a café.
  • Built-in wet and dry lab space for research activities.
  • Expanded business center for mail services, copying and other office needs.
  • An additional 110 parking spaces added to the current 316 for the facility.

“We are especially excited about the addition of 10,000 square feet for informal, flexible co-working space for the young startups,” said Greg Napier, director of the Purdue Research Park. “It strengthens the culture of entrepreneurship already firmly established in the Purdue Research Park network.”

Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa Technologies Inc. and a Purdue research assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, will move into the new space to support his growing company.

Founded in 2009, the precision agriculture company specializes in pest management technologies and currently has 26 employees with plans to create about 40 more jobs by 2019. Spensa will invest nearly $700,000 to expand its operations. In addition, the company received $635,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

“We started out in the Kurz building and have a strong desire to stay in the Purdue Research Park, but we needed more room,” Park said. “The expansion of this building is great news for us and we look forward to moving in the new area. The value of the amenities and support from the Purdue Foundry, human resources guidance, marketing assistance and other benefits cannot be underscored enough in our success. We look forward to moving into the new space and continuing to grow our company.”



About the Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at

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Supporting Steel Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:23 +0000 New Trade Legislation Expected to Boost Indiana’s Steel Industry

Several new trade bills, which very recently passed through congress and were signed by President Obama, are expected to bring about significant positive changes for the Indiana steel industry. The passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and the extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and other trade preference programs (which includes renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and trade remedy improvements), should help protect the American steel industry against an influx of foreign steel imports that have affected sales figures in 2015.

Representatives from the steel industry lauded the signing of the various bills, particularly enactment of the trade remedy measures for which the industry strongly advocated.

“The bill signing is the culmination of dedication and hard work by many members of the steel industry, partner industries and numerous steel champions in the House and Senate who worked tirelessly to ensure the trade remedy provisions were included in the trade package. We thank the Administration for recognizing the critical role of the steel industry by supporting these initiatives to improve the effectiveness of our antidumping and countervailing duty laws,” said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

“We greatly appreciate having these improved tools at our disposal in our continuing efforts to combat unfair trade, given the trade laws have not been updated by Congress in over 20 years. The surge in foreign steel imports continues at record high levels, leaving us with a great deal more work to do to mitigate the job loss and negative impact on our industry,” he said.

Of all of the steel-producing states in the nation, Indiana has ranked number one in terms of output for the past 34 years. Earlier this year, leaders from several major Hoosier steel corporations met with the Congressional Steel Caucus, which is vice-chaired by Congressman Visclosky, D-Merrillville, to express their major concerns with the current state of the Great Lakes region’s steel industry.

The CEOs of U.S. Steel Corporation and ArcelorMittal, among others, expressed to the caucus that imports from China, Turkey and South Korea have caused industry layoffs in Northwest Indiana and other areas throughout the country.

“American steel companies are being irreparably harmed by illegal trade practices,” said Mario Longhi, President and CEO of U.S. Steel.

Part of the recently signed bills are directly related to helping workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign trade recuperate their employment status through additional training and resources. Renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program was a valuable element that Indiana companies were seeking, primarily due to the layoffs that the Great Lakes steel region has incurred over the course of 2015. Now, with the renewed program, workers who have lost their positions will be given federal support along their path to reemployment.

These trade developments were highly sought after by Hoosier steelmakers and legislators, and their passing into law constitutes a big step forward in bringing the industry back on track. With all of the negative news surrounding the steel industry in 2015, it is highly inspiring to see positive trade legislation become rapidly implemented by the U.S. government, clearly signifying their support for one of the country’s most important manufacturing sectors.


Facts about Hoosier Steel

  • Indiana has been the leading producer of steel in the United States for the past 34 years.
  • ArcelorMittal and Steel Dynamics rank among the top five employers in the state of Indiana.
  • Most of the steel made in Indiana comes from Lake and Porter counties, although there are several other mills in various areas around the state.
  • Nationally, U.S. steel mills shipped, or sold, 98.2 million net tons of steel in 2014, with the Great Lakes region producing about 35 million net tons.
  • Within the iron, steel and related products industry, Canada and Mexico remained the top two importers of Indiana steel, with Canada purchasing 68.7 percent of Indiana’s exports and Mexico purchasing 18.5 percent in 2013.
  • The overall recycling rate of steel is 81 percent.

Source: American Iron and Steel Institute


Key Elements of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

  1. TPA outlines Congressional guidance to the President on trade policy priorities and negotiating objectives.
  2. TPA establishes Congressional requirements for the Administration to notify and consult with Congress, with the private sector and other stakeholders and with the public during the negotiations of trade agreements.
  3. TPA defines the terms, conditions and procedures under which Congress allows the Administration to enter into trade agreements, and sets the procedures for Congressional consideration of bills to implement the agreements.

Source: Office of the United States Trade Representative


Why is TPA Important?

  • TPA supports U.S. job growth
  • Helps export more “Made in the U.S.A.” products abroad
  • Improves trade agreements, and makes the U.S. more competitive globally
  • Ensures transparency and public engagement in trade

Source: Office of the United States Trade Representative


What is the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program?

The TAA Program is a federal program that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The TAA program seeks to provide these trade-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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Nearly 1,630 Acres in Northwest Indiana to be Restored and Protected Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:47:10 +0000 NIPSCO and Local Environmental Organizations Celebrate a $2 Million Effort

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Thanks to a joint effort between Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and several area environmental organizations, nearly 1,630 acres of land will be preserved and restored for public education and enjoyment, with an additional focus on improving the biodiversity and habitats for many of the region’s plant and animal life.

NIPSCO provided nearly $2 million to fund the acquisition and restoration of several local properties, as part of a consent decree between NIPSCO, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

The project sites were selected by an advisory stakeholder group, which included NIPSCO, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Save the Dunes and The Nature Conservancy.

In total, 183.5 acres of land will be protected and another 1,444.6 acres of land will involve a range of restoration efforts.

“The protection of our region’s natural environment is not only important to recreation and tourism, but it is critical to our overall health and well-being,” said Kelly Carmichael, vice president of environmental safety and sustainability for NIPSCO and NiSource.  “We are proud that this collaborative effort is among some of the largest land conservation and restoration efforts in northwest Indiana’s recent history, and one that will leave a lasting impact on future generations.”

Among the project sites included in the effort were the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

“Project funding will go towards large scale environmental restoration work in and around the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to help combat invasive species and protect and fortify the rich native biodiversity this region is known for globally,” added Labovitz, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent.

“This is a great project for Northwest Indiana and everyone living in the region. It has enabled Shirley Heinze Land Trust to preserve and restore land within the moraine forest, as well as floodplain habitat within the Little Calumet River Corridor. These enhancements improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, and provide increased educational and recreational opportunities for the public,” said Kris Krouse, executive director for Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

Projects from the effort included:

  • Canonie ‘Discovery School Property’ and Munson Place, Porter County, Indiana (National Park Service)
  • Don and Mary Frame Little Calumet Conservation Area, Porter County, Indiana (The Izaak Walton League)
  • Little Calumet Wetlands at the Keith Richard Walner Nature Preserve, Chesterton, Indiana (Shirley Heinze Land Trust)
  • Liverpool Nature Preserve, Lake Station, Indiana (Indiana Department of Natural Resources)
  • McCloskey Burr Oak Savanna Nature Preserve, Hobart, Indiana (Indiana Department of Natural Resources)
  • Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, Liberty Township, Indiana (Shirley Heinze Land Trust)
  • Pannes at West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore West Beach (National Park Service)
  • Pinhook Bog, Coolspring Township (National Park Service)
  • Smith Family Properties, Porter County, Indiana (Porter County Parks & Recreation)
  • South Long Lake Uplands and Wetland Margins, Indiana Dunes (National Park Service)

NIPSCO, with headquarters in Merrillville, Ind., is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). With more than 786,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company and the second-largest electric distribution company in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at


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Regional Development Company (RDC) donates to Economic Development in Northwest Indiana Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:00:19 +0000 Valparaiso, IN – August 12, 2015 – The Regional Development Company (RDC) has donated to further economic development in Northwest Indiana.

“The Regional Development Company is a proud supporter of the economic development efforts by the Northwest Indiana Forum (Forum),” said Erica Dombey, president and executive director of the RDC.  “We have a long tradition of giving back to the communities of Northwest Indiana to assist with job creation and growth.  The contribution of $5,000 this year is evidence of that commitment.”

The RDC administers the US Small Business Administration 504 loans.  The SBA 504 loan program was created as an economic development tool to create jobs and assist small businesses in creating capital investment in commercial real estate and equipment.  The program allows businesses to put as little as 10% down on the purchase of owner occupied commercial property.  The program is often used in conjunction with other local and state incentives to locate businesses to the Northwest Indiana region.  Ms. Dombey currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Forum.

“The Northwest Indiana Forum is grateful for our partnership with the RDC.  They have a dramatic positive impact in the economic development landscape of Northwest Indiana.  They are a great team of professional helping to grown investments in the Region,” said Heather Ennis, president & CEO of the Forum.


About the Regional Development Company:

The RDC is a non-profit organization that supports small business by administering the US SBA 504 Loan Program and multiple community Revolving Loan Programs.  The RDC offers 10% down payments and low, long-term fixed rates.  For more information on the Regional Development Company please visit or call 219-467-0504.


Erica Dombey (right) of the RDC presents the organization’s donation to support economic development to Heather Ennis (left).

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Steel consortium eager to grow and contribute to improved competitiveness Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:43:22 +0000 HAMMOND, Ind. – After a year of organizing and planning, the national Steel Manufacturing Simulation & Visualization Consortium, based in Northwest Indiana, is ready to move forward to help American steel producers compete more favorably worldwide.

Driving the consortium is Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), steel producers and suppliers, as well as industry-related associations. By employing the CIVS research facility’s cutting edge technologies, the consortium seeks to identify ways to make steel production more efficient, competitive and sustainable.

“We are eager to begin identifying and advancing research projects that will benefit the domestic steel industry,” Consortium and CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Zhou said. “The mission of our consortium is to support the competitiveness of the American steel industry by using simulation and visualization technologies as research tools to make steel manufacturing more viable across its value chain.”


Commitment to domestic steel manufacturing

Northwest Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky added, “I applaud the leadership of Director Zhou and Purdue University Calumet for the investment of their time and ability to ensure that our domestic steel industry remains the most technically advanced in the world. These are difficult days for the American steel industry, but the actions of this initiative give me confidence that our institutions of higher learning, our domestic workforce and our producers remain committed to manufacturing steel in America.”

A $480,000 federal planning grant was awarded to Zhou as CIVS director in June, 2014 to launch the consortium, one of 19 funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to advance U.S. manufacturing technology.

Supported by more than 15 companies and organizations, it also is the only consortium dedicated to furthering domestic steel industry competitiveness and sustainability.

“Purdue Calumet is proud of its role as a leader and responder to one of the most crucial economic development challenges our nation has faced this century,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon said. “Through technical resources, intellectual capital and collaboration, this consortium is poised to make a huge contribution in helping redirect a vital regional and national industry.”


Developing a road map of priorities

During the past year, consortium leaders have been developing a road map of research priorities in eight critical areas: operational efficiency, energy efficiency, reliability and maintenance, workplace safety, workforce development, environmental impact, raw materials and smart manufacturing.

Research will be conducted using cutting edge technologies of the Purdue Calumet CIVS, an interdisciplinary facility that combines advanced simulation and visualization technologies to provide innovative solutions to industrial challenges.

Charter members who enroll in the consortium will participate in the research selection process. Steel producers already enrolled include AK Steel, ArcelorMittal, Nucor, Steel Dynamics Inc., and SSAB. Several other producers and suppliers are in the enrollment process.


Charter membership benefits

“Everyone who invests in our consortium as a charter member will have opportunities to shape the direction of research,” Zhou said. “For that to happen, members must be enrolled by December, so I encourage producers, suppliers and users throughout the steel value chain to follow up with us as soon as possible.”

Benefits for charter members include discounted and fixed membership fees for three years. Additionally, charter members will participate in industry-led decision-making, accelerated innovation, value-added solutions, rapid access to research results, and leverage of CIVS technologies and funding agencies.

The consortium plans to launch its first group of projects in January. Supervised by industrial collaborators and university faculty members, Purdue Calumet students will apply CIVS technologies to conduct research projects selected by consortium members.


‘Opportunity to make a competitive difference’

Encouraged by early work of the consortium, the U.S. Department of Energy is sponsoring a pilot project involving CIVS and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories in California to harness high performance computing power that increases simulation resolution and decreases computation time.

“Through this consortium, we have a wonderful opportunity to make a competitive difference in the American steel industry,” Zhou said.

Consortium membership and other information can be obtained by visiting, or contacting Director Zhou by phone 219/989-2765 or on line at

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Another Illinois Company Chooses Indiana Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:30:25 +0000 MERILLVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 21, 2015) – TRADEBE Environmental Services (USA), a provider of industrial waste management services, announced plans to relocate its U.S. headquarters from Oakbrook, Illinois, to Merrillville, Indiana, and to expand its existing operations in East Chicago, creating up to 55 new jobs by 2017.

The company, which is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Tradebe, GP and Subsidiaries in Barcelona, Spain, will invest $150,000 to relocate its Illinois-based headquarters to 1433 E. 83rd Ave. in Merrillville. This new location will serve as the organization’s new U.S. headquarters, housing professional staff in accounting, administration, human resources, customer service, sales and environmental, health and safety departments. The relocation, which is already underway, will create up to 30 new high-wage jobs and complement the company’s existing waste management operations in East Chicago.

“Today’s news shows that the Hoosier advantage is clear,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith. “When faced with a world of options, companies like TRADEBE continue to choose Indiana because of our state’s business-friendly climate and fiscal strength. With low taxes, reduced regulations and a strong Hoosier workforce, Indiana is a state that works for business.”

This is the company’s second major expansion in Lake County. Over the last year, TRADEBE has invested $16 million to expand and renovate its Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facility at 4343 Kennedy Ave. in East Chicago, which will create up to 25 new Hoosier jobs by 2017. As part of this expansion, the company built a second Solids Distillation System (SDS), which is the only technology of its kind in the United States that offers generators an effective and cost-efficient method for recycling organic solid waste.

“With the recent construction and commissioning of our second SDS unit, we have searched for the ideal location where we could combine our headquarters staff with the majority of our staff currently located in East Chicago,” said Victor Creixell, chief executive officer of TRADEBE USA. “Relocating our headquarters gives us the opportunity to bring much of our Midwest office staff together in one location to promote efficiencies within the organization with our new headquarters just 20 miles from the East Chicago facility.”

TRADEBE USA is a privately-held company that specializes in recycling industrial waste into beneficial products and substitute fuels, recycling approximately 60 percent of the waste processed. Using SDS technology, TRADEBE will process more than 36,000 tons of hazardous waste, reclaim more than 7,000 tons of scrap metal and produce more than 2.7 million gallons of reusable solvents each year.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Tradebe, GP and Subsidiaries up to $600,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans in Lake County. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Merrillville supports the project and the city of East Chicago approved additional incentives at the request of the Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance.

“We know relocating a U.S. headquarters is a serious decision,” said Merrillville Town Councilman Shawn Pettit. “The town of Merrillville is pleased an international company like Tradebe selected our community, recognizing they can flourish in an ideal location and business-friendly environment. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship and future growth opportunities.”

As the home of an affordable business climate, Illinois companies continue to pick Indiana as the new home for their growth plans. Earlier this month, Bedford Park, Illinois-based Hoist Liftruck announced plans to expand its operations to East Chicago, Indiana, creating up to 500 new jobs in Indiana by 2022. And in June, oil well servicing provider Franklin Well Services announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Lawrenceville, Illinois, to Vincennes, Indiana, creating up to 92 new high-wage jobs.

“We are proud that Tradebe continues to prosper in East Chicago,” said East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland. “It’s imperative to support our existing businesses in expanding their operations as they are integral in growing our economy through jobs and investment. This is an exciting time for our community.”


TRADEBE provides safe, quality, innovative environmental services that contribute to sustainable development and provide innovative solutions to ensure the appropriate assessment, treatment and elimination of wastes. As a global business dedicated to sustainable waste management, we seek the greenest, innovative waste solution possible with a priority on recycling and recovery.

TRADEBE is a leading company in industrial waste management services in Europe (UK and Spain) and in the U.S., with subsidiaries in France and Brazil. TRADEBE, employing in excess of 2,130 people worldwide, operates 72 treatment facilities across Spain (25), United Kingdom (27), United States (17), France (2) and Brazil (1). For more information, call us at (800) 388-7242 or visit us online at

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit

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