- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A heavy equipment parts maker in Plymouth plans to create 475 jobs by 2017 and 15 other companies have pledged to create nearly 1,700 other jobs over the next decade in return for more than $19 million in tax credits and other incentives, state officials announced Thursday.

AMI Industries Inc. plans to create 250 jobs next year and 225 more by 2017 while investing $8.5 million to equip and improve production equipment for farm and automotive components, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation said. The agency will provide up to $2.3 million in conditional tax credits and $300,000 in training grants to the company.

“From tech developers to manufacturing powerhouses, the collective energy of these Hoosier businesses will help power our economy into 2015, creating jobs, promoting opportunities and investing in our future,” Republican Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement.

Democrats expressed skepticism, however, and said the U.S. Census Bureau has reported Indiana’s average household income fell 12 percent from 2002 to 2013.

“By the time those years pass, and few of these jobs become reality, the administration will have moved on to other grand announcements about more jobs that ‘might’ be created even more years down the road,” said Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City.

Among the other expansions planned, Middlebury-based Grand Design RV will invest $6.9 million and create up to 330 additional jobs over the next few years in return for up to $2.95 million in tax credits, $200,000 in training grants and up to $250,000 in infrastructure assistance, the IEDC said. The company currently employs 548 full-time workers.

In Indianapolis, medical data company iSALUS plans to creating up to 136 jobs by 2023 in return for up to $2 million in tax credits and $60,000 in training grants, and email marketer Nimblejack plans create up to 185 jobs by 2019 with up to $2.28 in tax credits and $120,000 in training grants, the IEDC said.

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