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Hamilton County businesses expand

December 15, 2008
Despite the recession, Hamilton County continues to enjoy economic growth from both old companies and new ones. In the last month, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced a pair of business expansions that could add a total of 120 jobs to the area.

On Nov. 25, IEDC revealed expansion plans for Noblesville-based contract trucking firm Perkins Specialized Transportation. Founded in Indianapolis in 1913, Perkins' first deliveries were made by horse and buggy. The company moved to Noblesville's Saxony Corporate Center in 2007. Today, it specializes in time-sensitive deliveries around the continental United States.

Perkins will invest more than $14.9 million to improve its 40,000-square-foot headquarters. Perkins will add 20 to its head count of 50, which includes drivers, and warehouse and main office staff. IEDC provided $43,000 in training grants.

A week later, on Dec. 2, Carmel-based software developer Interactions Corp. announced the launch of its "Hey Otto 1.0" conference call technology, which allows users to organize and join conference calls using a virtual operator that understands complete sentences.

Interactions hopes to add 100 jobs. The company developed "Hey Otto" over the last two years with the help of a $2 million grant from the Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund.
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