The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

September 26, 2013

Emerging industrial makeup creates new image for Anderson

City officials say past is important for the future

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

A year ago, GTI started hiring for its Anderson location and now employs more than 200 people. LaFramboise said what makes the city different from other cities is its commitment to growth.

“I think, in general, states and municipality representatives talk a good game to have you look at them, but in the case of Anderson and the state of Indiana, we have just found the people and elected officials are exceedingly friendly and cooperative,” LaFramboise said. “They make starting a business as easy as possible and they are very supportive.”

Dave Avey, a customer service representative with Precision Strip, said doing business in Anderson is proving very successful.

“We are growing like gangbusters,” he said.

Precision Strip is a coil processing company with warehousing and delivery services for the metals industry. The company processes rolled steel, aluminum and copper.

Avey said the company has recently completed a new expansion and employs more than 55 drivers and production workers.

“It’s all going very well and we can’t cut steel fast enough,” he said.

Owens said the city’s recent growth is just the beginning.

“I see a bright future for Anderson,” he said. “I see businesses looking at Anderson for potential and Anderson has the right stuff. I know people are not patient, but be patient – they are coming.”

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