OSBORN International will expand, bring 57 jobs to Richmond (IN) USA

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Cleveland, 01.09.2009

OSBORN International will expand, bring 57 jobs to Richmond (IN) USA


Jason Inc., the corporate owner of Osborn International will expand its plant in Richmond by relocating a division from North Carolina, it was announced today.

The move by the Jason Finishing group will result in 57 new jobs here by 2011, according to information provided in two grant requests to the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County. Hiring is expected to start this fall.

Jason Finishing was awarded some tax incentives from the state to move its JacksonLea operation to the area in Indiana.

JacksonLea company produces buffing and polishing products, while Osborn makes a wide range of brush products for industrial customers.

“Our Richmond brush-making operation has evolved into a lean, world-class operation,” said Rich Halen, president of Jason Finishing — North America, in a release from the state.

He cited strong managers and employees and a central location in the U.S. “As we sought to optimize our manufacturing efficiencies, relocation of manufacturing into our best-performing plant in Indiana was a very easy decision,” Halen said.

The state money is performance-based, according to a release from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Richmond also will consider tax abatements, the release said.

“We’ve heard time and again this year (that) companies need to make business operate more efficiently in these unprecedented economic times and today, Richmond is the beneficiary of new jobs,” Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a release.

Osborn first leased space for a distribution center in 2004 at the corner of Industries and Salisbury roads. It has expanded twice since then.

Jason Finishing will spend more than $300,000 to expand its facility in Richmond and $250,000 to purchase, the EDC request said.

Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton said she is pleased by Jason’s decision.

“It says a lot about the quality of the Richmond area’s workforce and business conditions when a successful company continues bringing additional work to Wayne County,” she said.

EDC president Tim Rogers agrees. “We put our best foot forward,” he said. “They are happy with the area.”