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Shoe maker targets Indiana for 184 customer-service jobs

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Wolverine World Wide Inc., the maker of Stride Rite, Sperry Top-Sider, Hush Puppies and Keds footwear, plans to expand operations in Richmond, creating 184 jobs by 2017 and retaining 130 workers in the city about 65 miles east of Indianapolis.

The Economic Development Corp. of Wayne County said Wolverine is working out a deal to move its Stride Rite customer-service operations from one Richmond  facility to a bigger, city-owned, two-building complex previously used by Dana International.

Wolverine also would move some of its operations from a location in Rockford, Mich., where it is headquartered.

The new jobs would pay an average wage of $15.05 per hour.

The property is part of a 14-acre parcel the city bought in 2012 with hopes of establishing a technology park.

Wolverine said it would spend nearly $2.5 million on the project for furniture, fixtures, computers and IT hardware. It would lease the property from Richmond after the city invests $2.5 million in Certified Technology Park funds to retrofit both buildings and expand parking.

Wayne County also is offering the company $300,000 in Economic Development Income Tax Grant funds for additional property improvements.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Wolverine up to $1.1 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job-creation plans.

The plan hinges on approvals from the Richmond Redevelopment Commission, the Richmond Common Council and the Wayne County Board of Commissioners in several meetings scheduled from Dec. 16 to Jan. 8.






 

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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

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