KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Kokomo and Carmel and they’re not just any jobs.
They are high paying, high tech jobs created by a company called Systems in Motion, LLC, a firm based in the Silicon Valley of California
For Kokomo, in particular, it’s a watershed moment. Consider that Kokomo is a city that depends on the auto industry and not too many years ago it was considered a dying town.
Monday’s announcement points Kokomo in a new direction. The 240 new jobs are the kind that will expand the middle class and diversify the economy.
“Kokomo’s future’s never looked brighter,” said Mayor Greg Goodnight (D-Kokomo,) “and Systems in Motion is a part of that future.”
Systems in Motion builds computer software and that’s the sort of thing that is usually done elsewhere.
“For years and years these jobs have been moving overseas,” said company spokeswoman Stephanie Moore, “and there’s absolutely no reason for that to happen.”
Both state and local incentives are a factor in the deal and Governor Mike Pence came to take some credit for Indiana’s tax climate and education system.
“That’s a combination that is winning jobs across the spectrum,” said Pence, “but it’s winning in the high tech area as well.”
But for Kokomo this is a story of survival in a city that was hit hard by the recession.
“We actually have more jobs than we did pre-recession,” said Mayor Goodnight, “but we’re always trying to.. I joke around that I’m a little bit greedy. I want as many people to live here, work here as much as possible.”
All of the jobs from Monday’s announcement will be in place by 2017. Hiring begins next month.
Systems in Motion will also create another 160 jobs in Carmel for a total of 400. It will invest $5.4 million in the two communities.
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