SEELYVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - A manufacturing company could bring two-hundred new jobs to Seelyville and the town board is taking steps to ensure it does.
A company called Saturn Petcare is interested in moving into the former Kellogg's Snacks plant. The company is based in Germany and this would be it's first manufacturing plant in the United States. This new plant would deal with wet pet food.
The Seelyville town board met Tuesday night and approved two resolutions for tax abatements in the hopes it will encourage the company to make Vigo County the site of it's new plant. One resolution is for a ten year personal property tax abatement and the other is for a ten year real property tax abatement.
This is just a first step. The board will still have to adopt the resolutions and that could happen at the next meeting, March 13th. The public is encouraged to attend and voice their thoughts or concerns.
Board members heard from Attorney Lou Britton who is representing Saturn Petcare. He was joined by Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation President Steve Witt and a representative of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Local and state leaders have been working together to create an incentives package to bring the business to town.
Britton says, if Saturn Petcare purchases the property, it will need to make twelve million dollars worth of property improvements and spend another five million dollars for machinery. Construction work would start in 2019 and end in 2020. It would include some structural modifications and renovations.
Britton says the move could create two hundred jobs at the plant. The hiring process would happen in phases over four years.
Attorney Richard Shagley advises the town of the process and the ramifications of any actions. He says it can be difficult to compete for economic development because they do not know if the company has other offers from other places and what those offers entail.
Local leaders say Saturn Petcare will likely go somewhere else if the abatements are denied.
Shagley says, "You have to provide your best offer in hopes that what you're offering is something that the company likes and is willing to accept and then ultimately move to your community, provide jobs, provide additional taxes and provide all the secondary benefits to your community."
Rosemary Collier says she has lived in Seelyville for thirty years and thinks the new business could be just what the down needs.
"I think anywhere they go they're going to get a tax abatement so why should we be any different? They're still going to be paying taxes. It's just an empty building sitting down there. I'm thrilled to death somebody wants to put something in it."
The next meeting is March 13th at 6pm at the Seelyville Town Hall.