IN (November 7, 2012) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted Wednesday to
dedicate the new high-tech mixer operation at Hoosier's production facility in
Plymouth. The new mixer is expected to satisfy Hoosier's rubber mixing needs
for years to come.
President of Engineering and Manufacturing John DeSalle welcomed
representatives from both the public and private sectors to the dedication
DeSalle stated that the
endeavor was the result of a cooperative effort on the part of government and
business and was something that our leaders in Washington could learn a great
celebration included Plymouth's Mayor Mark Senter, the members of the Plymouth
City Council, Mike Delp, Duane Culp, Don Ecker Jr., Wayne Smith and Shawn Grobe
and Marshall County Economic Development Corporation's Jennifer Laurent.
in attendance were 1st Source Bank's Joe Kuzmitz, NIPSCO's Jeff Nemeth, Ancon
Construction's Gary Wetzel and Doug VonGunten, Maust Architectural's Michael
Maust and representatives from Herman & Goetz.
in attendance and recognized for their efforts were the many dedicated Hoosier
employees who worked tirelessly to bring this project to a successful
Members of the Hoosier
Project Design Team included; Joe Sherron, Steve Partridge, Rich Paton, Dave
Morrow and Russ Miller. Travis Scott and Riley Ganshorn also led a multitude of
maintenance personnel working 24/7 to assure a timely and under-budget
Hoosier Vice President Marge Skaggs, daughter of
company founders Bob and Joyce Newton, was joined by her son, Executive Vice
President Scotty Merrill, and John DeSalle in
cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
was broken almost one year ago to the day for the new facility that increases
Hoosier's mixing capacity nearly three-fold as the company prepares for future
"We are extremely confident and excited about our future here at Hoosier
Tire. We are recognized as the largest race tire manufacturer in the world
shipping to more than 70 countries."
the words of the company's co-founder, Bob Newton, who passed away before
seeing the completion of the project, "This was a window of opportunity
that we plan on taking full advantage of."
concluded, "We are fortunate to live and work in a great community that
supports us. We have a very dedicated and talented work force and I am proud of
every one of them."
The new mixer has
been fully tested and verified and at the conclusion of the ceremony was
immediately powered up and put into operation.