A ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted earlier this month to dedicate the new high-tech mixer operation at Hoosier’s production facility in Plymouth. The new mixer is expected to satisfy Hoosier’s rubber mixing needs for years to come. Hoosier’s Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing John DeSalle welcomed representatives from both the public and private sectors to the dedication ceremony. Attending the celebration included Plymouth’s Mayor Mark Senter, the members of the Plymouth City Council, Mike Delp, Duane Culp, Don Ecker Jr., Wayne Smith and Shawn Grobe and Marshall County Economic Development Corporation’s Jennifer Laurent. Also in attendance were 1st Source Bank’s Joe Kuzmitz, NIPSCO’s Jeff Nemeth, Ancon Construction’s Gary Wetzel and Doug VonGunten, Maust Architectural’s Michael Maust and representatives from Herman & Goetz.
Ground was broken almost one year ago to the day for the 30,000 square foot new facility that increases Hoosier’s mixing capacity nearly three-fold as the company prepares for future growth opportunities. DeSalle noted, “We are extremely confident and excited about our future here at Hoosier Tire. We are recognized as the largest race tire manufacturer in the world shipping to more than 70 countries.” In the words of the company’s co-founder, Bob Newton, who passed away before seeing the completion of the project, “This was a window of opportunity that we plan on taking full advantage of.” DeSalle concluded, “We are fortunate to live and work in a great community that supports us. We have a very dedicated and talented work force and I am proud of every one of them.” The new mixer has been fully tested and verified and at the conclusion of the ceremony was immediately powered up and put into operation.
Hoosier Racing Tire and Ancon Construction have had a working relationship since 1982. Ancon has built approximately 40 projects for Hoosier Racing Tire and the Newton Family including Newton Park in Lakeville.