Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

June 28, 2011

Hill-Rom Center eases concerns

The Herald-Tribune

-- — Dear Editor,

As a Realtor in Batesville, I have repeatedly experienced the concern of many of our citizens with the possibility of Hill-Rom moving all of its operations out of Batesville.

This concern was heightened with the remodeling of the Pearl Street entrance and the painting of the Ritter Plant. Many people suggested that was done to make the building more attractive in order to sell it.

On June 20, Hill-Rom management went a long way toward dispelling those concerns. Senior management officials John Dickey and Tom Jeffers appeared before a special session of the city council. They were seeking and were granted a 10-year tax abatement for the construction of a $4.8 million, 22,000-square-foot building on State Road 46 in front of the existing corporate office.

This expenditure is in addition to over $6 million they have recently spent on manufacturing facilities in Batesville. Hopefully, this will instill renewed confidence in everyone in Batesville that Hill-Rom leaders are not intending to move or sell their facilities, but, as stated in the meeting, they expect their international business to increase the employment in Batesville.

It is very apparent that Batesville needs more employment opportunities. Hill-Rom management is to be commended for making this more than $10 million investment in their Batesville operations.

Jim Dreyer,