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Great Dane to expand

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon speaks to the media as Great Dane Trailers Gary Parker looks on Wednesday.
Since taking office, Congressman Larry Bucshon has made it a point to visit businesses within Indiana's 8th District.

On Wednesday, he visited three Clay County businesses. One of which provided him with wonderful news.

During a visit to Great Dane Trailers, Bucshon was informed the company had plans to expand in the near future.

"I think it's important to know what's happening in the district," Bucshon said. "For the last year, we've been all over (the district). What this is about is getting people employed and getting people back to work."

"I made it a goal of mine to tour businesses in the district. And (Great Dane) still has some room for expansion."

Great Dane Trailers is Clay County's largest employer with approximately 1,200 associates. Plant Manager Gary Parker told The Brazil Times Wednesday plans have been made to expand by adding 200 more positions, possibly beginning in March.

Parker said the expansion is necessary due to an increase in business.

"We're in a commodity driven business," he said. "Our business is cyclical."

Parker said the expansion would give the company its largest employee total in four years.

Parker added representatives for Bucshon contacted Great Dane Trailers without knowing about the expansion.

"They contacted us, and we accepted the invitation," Parker said, "based on the (fact) that we are looking to expand this year."

Other businesses Bucshon visited Wednesday included Britt Aero and IVC Industrial Coating.

After hearing the news of possible expansion for the company, Bucshon said he was optimistic other companies would follow suit.

However, he said the federal government might have to clear up some items, such as the federal tax code and regulation, before that takes place.

"I do think we're making progress on getting those two in line," Bucshon said. "But there's so much uncertainty out there. You have to compete on a global scale."

Great Dane officials also took Bucshon on a brief tour of the plant.

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Thanks President Obama for getting the economy back on track. This is awesome news for our community.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 9:52 AM

Bushon is a carpetbagger..He is from Illinois.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 9:54 AM

Hey Roger, so is obama! But let me guess you think he's not a carpetbagger.

-- Posted by goodolboy on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 7:15 AM

I am glad to see work picking up for the only major employer in Brazil.

-- Posted by goodolboy on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 7:17 AM

Good ol boy do you know the difference between a congressman and a president? I did not think so well educate urself. Bushon is not a Hoosier but he control's the fed $$$$ for our state.(Indiana.)

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 9:57 AM

Roger, yes I know the difference. Thanks for educating me though, I had always wondered how to spell urself.

-- Posted by goodolboy on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 8:38 AM

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