A Michigan-based company with a small presence in Tell City, Ind. announced today it plans to expand its operations there.
Based in Flint, Mich., WGS Global Services provides manufacturing and logistics services in the automotive, defense and commercial manufacturing industries. WGS was founded in May 2008 and the company currently employs more than 100 people in Tell City and Flint.
According to a press release issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., WGS plans to spend $279,000 to lease and equip a 22,500-square-foot facility in Tell City. About 20 WGS employees currently work in Tell City, and the company will add up to 70 additional jobs there by 2013.
“It’s a fairly big announcement for us,” said Chris Kinnett, president and chief executive officer for the Perry County Development Corp.
Kinnett said WGS came to Tell City to do business with ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, an iron foundry that is the county’s largest employer.
In its work with ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Kinnett said, WGS receives cast iron products from the foundry. WGS then inspects, cleans and warehouses those parts until they are needed by ThyssenKrupp Waupaca’s customers.
WGS’s expertise is something new for Perry County, Kinnett said, and the company’s presence should help the area expand its industrial base.
The Indiana Economic Development Commission offered WGS up to $275,000 in performance-based tax credits based on WGS’ job creation plans, according to the press release.
“Indiana is a great place to do business, expand our operations and we are excited about continuing to search for future growth opportunities,” WGS President and Chief Executive Officer William Goetz said in the press release.