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Expansion of two companies could bring nearly 200 jobs to Tri-State

At a special meeting, County Commissioners allowed an incentive recommendation for both companies to move forward. At a special meeting, County Commissioners allowed an incentive recommendation for both companies to move forward.
GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -

As many as 180 new jobs might be coming to Gibson County. Two separate companies that supply Toyota want to expand.

Wednesday night, County Commissioners moved forward with incentive packages to ensure that expansion happens in Gibson County.

The two companies we are talking about are Vuteq and Gibson County Warehousing. Both companies want to expand their facilities and add jobs.

"I've been really excited to do all of this work in my home town," said Mike Crabtree.

Crabtree is the owner of Gibson County Warehousing Inc.

Crabtree's company provides space, sorting, and distribution for the car giant, Toyota.

"There have been more opportunities for growth from TMMI and they need a place for this growth to happen," Crabtree said.

Crabtree wants to expand one of his warehouses by 110,000 square feet.

It would be a $4.5 to $5 million dollar investment and would mean 60 to 70 new permanent workers by next Summer.

"We are just thrilled to have this opportunity coming to the region," said President and CEO of the Gibson County Economic Development Todd Mosby.

Also looking to grow in Gibson County is Vuteq. The company makes dashboards and other supplies for Toyota.

Vuteq wants to hire 100 to 110 new permanent employees by the Spring. It plans to invest another $3.6 to $4.5 million expanding their facility.

"Right now, a lot of counties are having a hard time finding jobs. Here we have two opportunities at the same time." said President of the Gibson County Commissioners Gerald Bledsoe.

At a special meeting Wednesday night, County Commissioners allowed an incentive recommendation for both companies to move forward.

The incentive packages would use Toyota TIF dollars. $800,000 for Vuteq, and $1 million for Gibson County Warehousing.

"It's the first step, we'll see how the next one goes," Crabtree said.

The Redevelopment Commission will have the final vote on whether to approve the incentives.

They are expected to vote on them Monday night.

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