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WGS machine, assembly shop to employ 70 by 2013

By The Staff

TELL CITY - A company whose opening in Tell City was reported by The News March 8 announced in a news release Wednesday it will add up to 70 new jobs by 2013.

The Flint, Mich.-based WGS Global Services LC, said the new shop, in what used to be the Scott Boat building in the 800 block of Tell City's Fifth Street, will provide machining and light assembly services. Founded in 2008, the company now counts the Tell City operation in reporting it employs 100 people here and in Flint. Other work it performs include a variety of manufacturing and logistics services including warehousing, kitting and parts testing for customers in the automotive, defense and commercial manufacturing industries. It will invest $279,000 to lease and equip the 22,500-square-foot facility to launch its first independent Indiana production operation.

"It's great to see a young company like WGS expand and grow in Indiana," Gov. Mitch Daniels said in the news release. "We know there were other options available for this expansion, but Indiana has a business environment that encourages small-business growth and WGS is the latest evidence of that."

WGS employs nearly 20 people in Tell City and plans to continue hiring manufacturing, distribution and inspections workers as new business is acquired.

"The warm welcome and reception the WGS organization has received in Indiana and Tell City has been exceptional," said William Goetz, president and chief executive officer of WGS Global Services. "WGS extends our thanks to the Perry County Development Corp. and the state for their assistance in making this opportunity a reality. WGS is pleased to be a contributor to the Tell City community and local businesses. Indiana is a great place to do business, expand our operations and we are excited about continuing to search for future growth opportunities."

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered WGS Global Services up to $275,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company's job-creation plans. Tell City offered additional support for the project.

"We are delighted to have WGS join our community and look forward to working with them on additional projects," said Mayor Barbara Ewing. "Tell City understands what it takes to be competitive in today's marketplace and, as mayor, I am happy to play a role in helping them grow and become an economic engine within our community."