Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

December 27, 2013

Over 1,000 jobs could be headed to state

Gov. Mike Pence and executives from seven companies recently announced new investments in central Indiana expected to create a combined 1,013 new jobs over the next few years.

“The companies joining us here today have a key role to play in Indiana’s resurgent economy,” said Pence. “Though their lines of work vary greatly, they are connected by their resiliency and demonstrate the growth potential of Hoosiers and the companies they help drive. I’m thrilled to be joining these Hoosier business leaders as they bring life to our vision of more jobs and increased opportunities across Indiana.”

The news comes amid the state’s record-breaking year of economic development results. In 2013, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. secured job commitments from 261 companies from across the country and around the world, an increase from 256 companies in 2012 and more than any other year on record. The fresh companies anticipate investing $2.63 billion in their Indiana operations and creating 21,420 new jobs in the coming years. The new positions, which companies anticipate to hire over the next five years, pay an expected hourly wage of $21.72, above the state’s current hourly wage of $20.01.

“2013 will go in the record books as another groundbreaking year for Indiana,” said the governor. “After jump-starting the year with the passage of the largest tax cut in state history, we seized our moment to share Indiana as a state that works throughout our borders and to centers of industry around the world. And with Indiana’s private sector growth far outpacing the national average, our message is resonating as more companies than ever are choosing Indiana for growth. In the coming year, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining a low-tax, fiscally sound climate and continue to position Indiana as a state that works for business.”

St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health care system, will expand the Ascension Health Ministry Service Center located on Indianapolis’ northwest side, creating up to 549 new jobs by 2016. The MSC, which opened in late June 2011, provides 24 shared services across human resources, supply chain and finance, such as payroll, purchase order management and accounts payable. By the end of 2014, the MSC will expand its services to support Ascension’s 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 24 states and Washington, D.C. Ascension is anticipating additional growth in shared services over the next few years. To accommodate this growth, the MSC will be adding approximately 30,000 to 50,000 square feet in the next few months by expanding within their current facility and leveraging additional Ascension space within the immediate area. The MSC currently employs more than 500 associates with plans to add an additional 500 over the next three years.

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