Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 24, 2014

The rebirth of Delta Faucet's plant


Wesseler said Delta focuses on high-quality products, and the local employees have built a reputation for quality and efficiency.

“We have shown … that we were able to drive improvements,” he said.

Finishing a part now takes a day, down from three days a few years earlier, Wesseler said. Part of that reduction was the result of rearranging processes within the plant and eliminating the boxing of parts before they are moved to another station to be unboxed, each time with employees handling the components. Today, a lot of the parts are moved onto racks by machines and quickly transferred to the next processing area.

And through the years of employment decline, as processes were moved to other plants within the Delta family, the 384,000-square-foot local plant also had enough space to accommodate more capacity — and a completely different product: tubs for baths and showers.

About a third of the plant’s employees now work in a revamped area of the plant that features large new machines that turn thin sheets of plastic into durable tubs and baths that people can buy at home improvement stores.

To convince the company to bring those jobs to Greensburg, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. provided training grants and tax credits, so long as the company hires Hoosiers. Decatur County Council approved five-year tax abatement, which phases in the property taxes the company has to pay on its new investments. In the first year, the company pays no taxes on the assessed valuation of the new building upgrades and machinery, but with each subsequent year, the company pays 20 percent more of the tax bill than in the prior year so that in the second year it pays 20 percent, in the third year 40 percent and so on, until in the sixth year, it pays the full tax bill for that year.

Text Only
  • biz-gb072514 RBSK Bohman headshot RBSK Partners PC announces newest staff additions RBSK Partners PC is pleased to announce three additions to its staff. Amanda Kruthaupt, Barbara Bohman, CPA and Doug Burcham have joined the firm in several key positions.Amanda Kruthaupt joined the firm upon her graduation from Franklin College with

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • US stocks stall in early afternoon NEW YORK — The stock market idled on Thursday afternoon as investors digested second-quarter results from companies across several industries, including Facebook, Ford and Caterpillar.Investors also had two economic reports to interpret, one on the h

    July 25, 2014

  • biz-gb072514 Hutcheson column headshot 'Take me to your leader,' if you can find one “Take me to your leader.” This cartoon and movie catchphrase, or something close to it, has been uttered by fictional extraterrestrial visitors demanding to see the president or a general, to negotiate some terms before annihilating our planet.Leader

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stocks mostly higher as earnings roll in NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes were mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Biotechnology stocks were among the b

    July 24, 2014

  • Lowe's selects Indiana for customer support center INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2014) - Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW), in conjunction with the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, today announced the company’s plans to locate a Customer Support Center in Indianapolis, creating up to 1,000 new jobs by 2016.T

    July 23, 2014

  • FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.The move had been e

    July 11, 2014

  • The enigmatic, elusive hashtag I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the buzz about hashtags — you know, those little number signs that are referred to as the “pound sign” by the automated answering service. Hashtags have traditionally been associated with Twitter accounts. Since I don’t

    July 11, 2014

  • Alcoa helps lift market after 2 days of declines NEW YORK — Positive earnings news from Alcoa gave the stock market a modest lift Wednesday, helping reverse a two-day decline.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 51 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,957 as of 1:15 p.m. Eastern time. The

    July 10, 2014

  • Stocks fall for second day before earnings reports NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are falling in morning trading Tuesday as investors await corporate earnings reports this week. Tech and small companies fell sharply. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped below 17,000 for the first time since crossing that

    July 9, 2014

  • Stocks edge higher after hiring surges in June NEW YORK — Stocks edged higher Wednesday following a report that business hiring surged in June, a promising sign for economic growth. The report comes a day after news of stronger manufacturing in the U.S. and China helped push the stock market to a

    July 3, 2014