Pharos-Tribune

June 13, 2013

'Business as usual' for Logan Stampings during expansion

CEO: Adding Miami Co. facility won't siphon Logansport jobs

BY MITCHELL KIRK
PHAROS-TRIBUNE

---- — While a Logansport metal-stamping company is expanding, it won’t be leaving Cass County, the company’s president and CEO said.

Earlier reports had it that the Logansport facility of Logan Stampings Inc. would be transferring 25 of its employees to a new facility in Miami County. That was never the case, said president and CEO Robert Baker.

The employees moving to the new facility outside of Peru are from the company’s Huntington facility, which was recently shut down.

“Basically it’s business as usual at Logan Stampings,” Baker said. “Really there are no jobs lost or moved from its original, core business.”

Instead, the employees of the company’s Huntington branch will be transferring to the new facility, which will house a new project for a new client in the commercial transportation and railroad industry, Baker said.

“We started a new project for a customer and it just doubled and tripled and exploded and we were running out of room quick,” Baker continued. “With Huntington, it just made sense to move that closer to home to have better visibility to the operation. We just moved all the equipment and employees to Peru because there was room and it just made sense.”

Baker commended former Cass -Logansport Economic Development Organization president Connie Neininger and Cass County Commissioner Dave Arnold for their efforts in trying to find a location to accommodate Logan Stampings’ expansion in Cass County.

“Those two were very on top of it,” he said. “They did everything they could and more to try to help me expand or keep that business in Logansport and Cass County. I was just out of room. We looked at every possibility.”

Neininger said the organization had lined up a facility in Cass County for Logan Stampings to use but an agreement could not be made with the facility’s owner in the short time Logan Stampings had before its new equipment arrived.

Other available buildings did not meet the company’s needs, she added, like ceiling height, amount of doors, electrical capabilities and floor thickness.

“Fortunately they did find one in Miami County, only a 15-minute drive from here,” Neininger said. “I see this opportunity helping add more employees to this facility and since they have some more room, I could see adding other contracts and adding other businesses.”

While the expansion couldn’t take place in Cass County, Neininger said it still aids the region economically.

“It’s a true sign of how regionalism in economic development works,” she said. “We could have lost them completely, they could have said they were going to Huntington all the way but because of us working in the region with Miami County, they had a building over there and to get a facility within driving distance of Logansport is phenomenal.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.