Two more Berne industries have been awarded "super" tax phase-ins as incentives for expansion projects that will bring nearly 100 additional jobs to southern Adams County over the next three years.
Requests for the enhanced tax abatement benefits now offered by the city of Berne were heard from representatives of Key Fasteners and Smith Brothers during public hearings held Monday night as part of the regular meeting of Berne City Council. The public hearings were required by Indiana Code as part of the tax abatement application process. No members of the community spoke against the projects, and the Berne council unanimously approved the applications.
"This is a very special night for this council," Mayor Bill McKean said. "Just a few months ago we started talking about offering these super abatements, and already three of our own businesses have met the standards we set and have taken advantage of this opportunity. We're just really excited about this."
Smith Brothers chief executive officer Steve Lehman said the company is on pace for its second consecutive record year for sales. He said the company's expansion was necessary "to take our brick and mortar constraints off the table." The furniture-making firm already has added 35 jobs this year.
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