Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter More than 70 new jobs are coming to Elkhart County (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Workforce Development) More than 70 new jobs are coming to Elkhart County.Premium Rock, a maker of engineered stone panels, announced Monday plans to expand its Elkhart operations and create 74 new jobs by the end of 2024.“As a state, we’re laser-focused on providing a rock-solid, business-friendly environment so innovative companies like Premium Rock are able to focus on what matters most – developing its product and growing its team,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Premium Rock’s expansion plans demonstrate the resilience of Hoosier manufacturers, and we look forward to watching the company continue to grow, supporting the Elkhart County community and adding quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”Premium Rock produces lightweight, highly durable, fire-resistant, waterproof and UV-resistant engineered stone panels by implementing a cold-embedding process to produce seamless images.Premium Rock will double its existing 20,000-square-foot plant on County Road 12 in Elkhart and add new machine and product lines. Construction on the site began in September and the company expects the site to be fully operational by May.“We’re excited to expand our operations in Indiana and believe the Elkhart community and state of Indiana both provide a great quality of place and low cost of living, which is important to us for our growing team,” said Premium Rock CEO Terry Ploetz. “Being from Elkhart, it means a lot to grow our company in the community we’ve grown up in and are excited to create jobs and expand our footprint in Elkhart.”Premium Rock currently has seven associates in Indiana and anticipates hiring for positions in graphic design, fabrication, warehouse logistics, and a plant manager. Hiring will begin in March 2021. Interested applicants may apply by emailing [email protected] Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Premium Rock LLC up to $750,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s plans to create up to 80 new jobs by the end of 2024. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMan arrested for OWI after leaving vehicle on train tracksNext articleGroup trying to stop executions set for later this week in Indiana Network Indiana Google+ Google+ Facebook By Network Indiana – December 8, 2020 0 797 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter
After spending more than $30 million to combat the mosquitos that carry West Nile virus, New Yorkers have learned the value of a mosquito control program. Georgia officials are hoping to learn from their experiences. West Nile virus can cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. As it makes its way southward, Georgians need to act now to prevent its spread.Georgia’s Ready “Georgia is as prepared for the West Nile Virus as any U.S. state,” said Paul Williams, consequence management specialist for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. “We can deal with this disease if it arrives.” The virus had a huge economic impact in the Northeast, but shouldn’t here. “It’s highly unlikely that we won’t get it here,” Williams said. But Georgia’s preparedness should lessen its impact. In coastal and marshy areas where mosquito populations are the greatest, Georgia has one of the best mosquito control programs in the country. Asian Tiger mosquitos are one of the most prevelant types of mosquitos in Georgia. Mosquito control is very important in stopping the spread of disease. Photo:Leonard Mustermann Mosquito Control Paramount “If the virus shows up in Georgia, the best way to control the spread is to enact a mosquito control program,” said Elmer Gray, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The program would include spraying to kill adult mosquitos when they’re most active -– at dawn and dusk. That would also help protect beneficial insects and the state’s valuable bee industry, since those are the times when bees are less active. A Georgia task force will monitor the situation. The West Nile Virus Working Group includes representatives from GEMA, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA CAES, the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine, the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources and many others. The UGA SVM and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study are conducting a two-pronged monitoring system. They are studying both live birds and dead birds in the state to see if they are carrying the virus.Dead Crows, Early Warning “The best evidence of the virus is dead crows,” said David Stallknect, a UGA SVM veterinarian. “It’s like an early warning system.” More than 50 bird species are known to have died from the virus. But it’s most prevalent in crows and blue jays. If you see a dead crow or blue jay, call the county health department. Don’t try to collect it yourself. If the bird tests positive, the health department will notify you. If it doesn’t test positive for West Nile, it will be tested for other possible diseases, and you will get a report in several weeks. “We can’t test all dead birds, but we are monitoring as many cases as we can,” Stallknect said. So far, West Nile virus hasn’t been found in any of the more than 200 birds tested in Georgia. One crow in North Carolina, however, was identified as exposed to West Nile.West Nile’s Journey The virus first appeared in the United States in 1999. Later that year, seven of 62 people infected in New York City died. Last year, two out of 21 infected people died. Gray said many healthy people, though, probably just never got sick enough to see a doctor. “Officials feel many more people have been exposed than the clinical cases diagnosed,” he said. Most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms or may have a mild flu-like illness with a fever, headache and body aches. In some cases, particularly the elderly, the virus can cause serious illness or death. West Nile is spread by mosquitos that get the virus from infected birds. It’s transmitted by both the Culex mosquito, which usually bites at dusk, and the Asian tiger mosquito, which bites during the day. Both species are in all Georgia counties. The odds of getting any illness from a mosquito bite in Georgia, however, are very low. For more information on West Nile, visit: http://health.state.ga.us/epi/vbd.shtml.