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Dunham's $30M expansion in Marion to create 135 jobs

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The sporting goods chain Dunham’s Sports said Tuesday night that it plans to expand its distribution center in Marion, creating up to 135 jobs by 2018.

The Troy, Mich.-based company will invest $30 million to build and equip a 735,000-square-foot distribution center on 50 acres in Marion. The facility, which is expected to break ground in March and be complete in December, will allow the company to house all distribution operations at one location.

Dunham’s Sports, which already has more than 600 workers in Indiana, will begin hiring new warehouse employees this fall.

The chain has more than 200 stores in 17 states. It has operated a distribution center in Marion since 1994.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Dunham’s up to $500,000 in tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

In addition, the IEDC will provide the community with up to $150,000 in infrastructure assistance from the state's Industrial Development Grant Fund. The city of Marion is considering additional tax abatement and incentives.

 

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  • Money Well Spent
    The IEDC is doing exactly what is required to expand job growth throughout the state. Each of these 115 new employees will purchase groceries, household goods, clothing, maybe a new car, and maybe save some for a rainy day. Here is wishing Dunham's additional success in the future!
  • About $5180 a job
    So...for maybe 135 jobs (low paying warehous) in 2018, we tax payers pay $5,185 a worker. Seems like we could do better by not taxing the employees so much that employees have to move out-of-state. Removing corporate taxes and removing government services (like school funding) and shifting all taxes onto individuals...and having to pay the natural-gas bill for corporations (Thanks to Mitch).... What are these people thinking????
  • RE: Italiano
    I am quite happy that my tax dollars are helping to contribute to the creation of 135 jobs for individuals in my state.
  • Ca-Ching
    Your tax dollars at "work"

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