LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - City and county leaders hope new manufacturing jobs will bring even more jobs to the Greater Lafayette Area. They hope 10 new jobs at voestalpine Rotec, Inc. will create a ripple effect.
Voestalpine Rotec, Inc. is expanding a line for safety products. The line focuses on tubing for airbags. It's a $1.5 million investment. The company had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion Monday afternoon.
The steel tube product-maker has been in the community since 2000. Since then, President Andrew Ball said voestalpine Rotec has grown from 12 employees to 110. It's also expanded from 25,000 to 90,000 square feet. He said the community really makes business and expanding easy.
City and county leaders agree. They said when a manufacturer creates new jobs, no matter how many, other jobs throughout the community will pop up.
"For every one job, you still need somebody out there, whether it be to cut hair or to serve them a meal at a restaurant or change tires on a vehicle. So any time you add another person to one spot, hopefully you're adding another person to another spot," said Tippecanoe County Commissioner David Byers.
"When we create a brand new job, they're going to have a family eventually. they're going to want a house, they're going to want an apartment. Their schools are going to expand," said Joe Seaman, President and CEO of Greater Lafayette Commerce
Voestalpine Rotec, Inc. officials said this isn't it. They hope to add more jobs and expansion announcements in the future.
This isn't the only recent jobs announcement in the area. Just last month, Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced an investment that will bring 900 new jobs to the Greater Lafayette Area.
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