Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services (OTES), a full-service designer and manufacturer of tradeshow exhibits, is relocating its operations from Illinois to Indiana. The company will invest $1.2 million to purchase, renovate and equip a 74,000-square-foot facility in North Judson, IN.
Infrastructure-related renovations, including a new roof, plumbing and electrical systems, are currently underway, and OTES plans to launch its Indiana operations early next year. The company will occupy nearly two-thirds of the facility and lease the remaining space to other area businesses. The company’s new operating area will provide significantly more space than it has now in Illinois, giving it room to expand its carpentry and graphics workshops. As part of its growth, OTES plans to create up to 15 Indiana jobs by 2019 with average salaries exceeding the Starke County average wage by more than 40 percent.
“Fiscally, Indiana is a better fit for my growing company,” said Nan Wellman, founder and president of OTES. “It will be nice to be part of a community where every job created helps benefit an area in need of employment opportunities for the betterment of the people who live there. Not to mention I was born and raised in Indiana, so it will be great to be back home in Indiana again!”
Founded in 2012, OTES produces custom tradeshow booths, which can be purchased or rented, for clients around the world, including United Kingdom-based Babcock International Group, Australia-based Noja Power, New Jersey-based Hutchinson Industries and Alabama-based Perkins Technical Services.
“By moving to Indiana, OTES is choosing to grow in the top state in the Midwest for doing business,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Here in Indiana, we’ve balanced our state budget while cutting taxes and red tape. By keeping the state affordable and investing in quality-of-place initiatives, Indiana is attracting out-of-state companies like OTES because our environment allows job creators to grow with confidence. We are excited to welcome OTES to the Hoosier state and look forward to the company’s continued success in a state that works.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services Inc. up to $115,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until employees are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of North Judson approved additional incentives at the request of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.
“I am thrilled that North Judson and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation were able to attract another quality firm to join the North Judson community,” said Wendy Hoppe, president of the North Judson Town Council. “Nan Wellman’s decision to relocate OTES to North Judson is another example of the success Women Business Enterprises are finding in relocating to or expanding in Starke County.”
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