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John DeSalle (l), Marge Skaggs (center) and Scotty Merrill (r) join in cutting the ribbon for the new mixer operation.PLYMOUTH, IN (November 7, 2012) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted Wednesday to dedicate the new high-tech mixer operation at Hoosier's production facility in Plymouth. The new mixer is expected to satisfy Hoosier's rubber mixing needs for years to come. 

Hoosier's Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing John DeSalle welcomed representatives from both the public and private sectors to the dedication ceremony. 

DeSalle stated that the endeavor was the result of a cooperative effort on the part of government and business and was something that our leaders in Washington could learn a great deal from.  

Attending the celebration included Plymouth's Mayor Mark Senter, the members of the Plymouth City Council, Mike Delp, Duane Culp, Don Ecker Jr., Wayne Smith and Shawn Grobe and Marshall County Economic Development Corporation's Jennifer Laurent. 

Also in attendance were 1st Source Bank's Joe Kuzmitz, NIPSCO's Jeff Nemeth, Ancon Construction's Gary Wetzel and Doug VonGunten, Maust Architectural's Michael Maust and representatives from Herman & Goetz.

Also in attendance and recognized for their efforts were the many dedicated Hoosier employees who worked tirelessly to bring this project to a successful beginning. 

Members of the Hoosier Project Design Team included; Joe Sherron, Steve Partridge, Rich Paton, Dave Morrow and Russ Miller. Travis Scott and Riley Ganshorn also led a multitude of maintenance personnel working 24/7 to assure a timely and under-budget start-up. 

Hoosier Vice President Marge Skaggs, daughter of company founders Bob and Joyce Newton, was joined by her son, Executive Vice President Scotty Merrill, and John DeSalle in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Ground was broken almost one year ago to the day for the new facility that increases Hoosier's mixing capacity nearly three-fold as the company prepares for future growth opportunities. 

DeSalle noted, "We are extremely confident and excited about our future here at Hoosier Tire. We are recognized as the largest race tire manufacturer in the world shipping to more than 70 countries."

In the words of the company's co-founder, Bob Newton, who passed away before seeing the completion of the project, "This was a window of opportunity that we plan on taking full advantage of."

DeSalle concluded, "We are fortunate to live and work in a great community that supports us. We have a very dedicated and talented work force and I am proud of every one of them."

The new mixer has been fully tested and verified and at the conclusion of the ceremony was immediately powered up and put into operation.


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