Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.
Mayor David Bower announced today that Summit Seed Coatings Indiana has chosen Salem as the location for their first Midwest facility. The facility will begin operation by January 2015 and employ up to 20 employees.
Summit Seed Coatings Indiana will invest $2.4 million to lease, renovate and equip their 60,000 square foot facility located at 401 South High Street in Salem.
"We included three Midwestern states in our search," said Stuart Barclay, manager at Summit Seed Coatings. "While there were similar benefits offered by all of the states, we were attracted by the cultural atmosphere of Salem, which is similar to Caldwell, Idaho.
Moreover, the help and encouragement by the state of Indiana, the city of Salem and the people we met was a big influence in our selection."
Founded in 2002, Summit Seed Coatings produces seed coatings for major seed distributors, which sell their seeds to agriculture dealers and government dealers, as well as at Lowe's, The Home Depot, Walmart and other garden store chains. The company's coatings convert more seeds to plants and produce more vigorous seedlings than uncoated seeds. Summit Seed Coatings currently coats small seeded legumes, alfalfa, clover, cover crops, radishes, forage grasses, and retail grasses for homeowners.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Summit Seed Coatings Indiana LLC up to $100,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $17,500 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance based, meaning until Indiana residents are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Salem will consider additional incentives.
"We are very pleased that after a very competitive multi-state search Summit Seed Coatings Indiana picked Salem as the best location. Their decision reinforces our belief that with a coordinated team effort Salem can be very competitive in attracting new companies and investment. After just 2 years of local effort Summit is the latest success story that now totals over $45 million in new investment completed or underway in Salem. We expect even more in the near future. It has been the result of strong efforts on the part of many individuals. On this project we want to recognize the efforts of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Plan Commission Chairman Terry McNeely, Community Development Director Greg Fitzloff as well as the Salem City Council."
For further information; Greg Fitzloff, City of Salem, 502-552-3160
Watch for an increase in the police patrols along State Highway 60. One of the first phases of the Safe 60 Project is the creation of pull offs. The pull offs give road traffic a place to pull over to th side of the road when needed. It also allows the police to more safely patrol the highway, giving them places to pull people over. (See image in the gallery above)
The City of Salem received a good report on the city’s water Friday afternoon, passing an annual wastewater test.
Every year, the wastewater treatment plant’s water sent out to the Blue River undergoes an extensive biological test. The tests help to ensure that the polluted water sent to the city’s sewers by individual households and industries is cleaned to help protect Blue River’s water quality.
Sensitive fish and crustaceans are exposed to samples from the plant of a one-week period and their response is measured. Scientists from Commonwealth Biomonitoring in Indianapolis measure how well these animals survive, grow and reproduce compared to water that has no toxic chemicals in it.
The most recent test conducted in mid-May showed that the city’s wastewater is completely safe for Blue River’s aquatic community. The results have held true for the past five years.
The water quality professionals at the Salem Wastewater Treatment Plan are doing an excellent job keeping Salem’s environment clean.
Blue River has been declared to be an "Outstanding Water Resource" by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and an "Exceptional Use" stream by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. This fine stream supports forms of aquatic life (fish and salamanders) that are rare elsewhere.