Illinois steel company proposes $35M move to Indiana

An Illinois-based steel company has submitted a proposal to Indiana redevelopment officials for a $35 million relocation project that would move its suburban Chicago plant to northwest Indiana.

The Gary Redevelopment Commission is expected to vote Aug. 2 on Alliance Steel Corp.'s $925,000 bid for 25 acres in Gary, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana.

The company hopes to build a 250,000-square-foot production facility and office complex that could produce 250,000 tons of steel annually. The business is currently based in the Chicago suburb of Bedford Park. It operates under the names Alliance Steel and Affinity Metals.

Alliance Steel CEO Andrew Gross wrote in the proposal that the move would create about 100 jobs in Gary.

"This $35 million relocation would include construction of a new 250,000-square-foot production facility and accompanying offices—to be built by Valparaiso-based Chester Inc.—as well as significant investment in new production equipment," Gross wrote in the proposal.

The proposal says the relocation would be financed through cash on hand, bank financing and a combination of federal, state and local incentives.

If approved, construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

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