Washington Mayor Joe Wellman joins Gov. Eric Holcomb to celebrate the opening of a new manufacturing facility. Photo provided by Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Chelsea Schneider, Municipal Innovations Specialist, Aim

The southwestern Indiana city of Washington has been a frontrunner in developing infrastructure near the newly-expanded portion of Interstate 69 to attract businesses.

And the city’s investments are paying off in big ways

Washington Mayor Joe Wellman joined Gov. Eric Holcomb in March to celebrate the opening of a $4.6 million manufacturing facility. The facility, M&C Tech Indiana, represents the first Japanese-owned company to locate to Washington and Daviess County and is projected to expand to 70 employees.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Wellman, with Washington ripe for continued development.

The 40,000-square-foot plant produces plastic automotive components. Wellman traveled to Japan in 2016 where he met representatives from Moriroku Chemical and invited them to open a facility in Washington because of its strategic location along I-69. The company joined another Japanese firm, Chubu Kagaku, to open the Washington plant.

“It’s been very gratifying. I made the trip to Japan a couple years ago and already we’ve got this plant,” Wellman said. “We are excited about the first of what we hope to be new and expanded investments.”


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