GROWTH APPLAUDED: Business expansion creates new jobs

COLUMBIA CITY – More employment opportunities are possible for Whitley County residents due to an expanding business.Breyden Products, Inc. is planning to move out of a leased building to take occupancy of a vacant building in Park 30, east of Columbia City on U.S. 30.Mike Zuber, director of sales for the business, was accompanied by Whitley County Economic Development Executive Director Alan Tio at Wednesday’s County Council meeting.Zuber petitioned the council to award the manufacturing business a two-year tax abatement. Breyden Products, Inc. specializes in producing a complete line of military specification lacing tapes, twines and cords.In his presentation to the council, Zuber said the company currently employees 42 workers and has projected adding an additional six jobs.“We’ve had a lot of success here in the county,” Zuber said. “We’ve enjoyed the business atmosphere here.”Breyden Products, Inc.’s location at 71 E. Radio Rd., Columbia City, will stay intact. “Our location here in the city is staying,” Zuber said. “We’re just looking to take ownership of a place that will serve our needs. As a bonus, we’re taking over a vacant property so it’s good for the county as well.”According to Tio, the EDC has been working with Breyden Products, Inc. to pin point a suitable product to lessen the expense incurred from the company’s move.“We wanted to find a way to support Breyden Products and its decision to expand here in Whitley County,” Tio said. “This abatement will help them acquire this new location.”County Council members applauded the EDC’s efforts in continually working to attract new businesses as well as assisting companies already in the area.“Thank you for all you do for Whitley County,” Councilman Jim Bayman said. “You’ve done a lot to bring growth in this area.”County Commissioner George Schrumpf concurred. “I like seeing the possibility of new jobs,” he said at Tuesday’s County Commissioners’ meeting. “Alan, it’s great to see new opportunities coming to our residents. Thank you for working so hard.”Council members unanimously approved the tax abatement.