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8/1/2016 Member News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc., to Expand, Add 10 New Positions


Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc., to Expand, Add 10 New Positions

NEW ALBANY, IND. (August 1, 2016) One Southern Indiana (1si) announced today Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc., will appear in front of the New Albany City Council this evening to request property tax abatements as company leaders consider expansion opportunities.

Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc., founded in 2010, creates quality, wholesale products to the sign industry. Currently, Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc., (ISSI) is an active member of the 1si Metro Manufacturing Alliance and a 2012 Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Small Business Revolving Loan Fund recipient. As an entrepreneurial company, ISSI was advised by the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) during its growth.

Upon the approval of the tax abatement request, Melissa and Mike Hobbs, owners of ISSI, will purchase land at 4302 Security Parkway in New Albany and begin construction of a new 19,000 square-foot facility. This is the first phase of the project with the second phase to include the addition of 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space in 2020.

The proposed expansion/retention project would be the company’s second in six years. It would include a capital investment of approximately $1.9 million and would result in the creation of approximately 10 new full-time positions. This comes on top of the 16 existing jobs that will be retained, representing a total annual payroll of more than $879,000.

Melissa Hobbs said, “This new facility will allow Integrity to expand our business to meet the growing demands for our custom sign products. Several of our clients throughout the country are gearing up to send even more business our way as soon as we are able to handle it. We are excited about this future growth and anticipate the trend to continue over many more years to come!”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered $56,000 in Economic Development for a Growing Economy (“EDGE”) tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim them.

“Since 2013, Hoosier firms have created nearly 150,000 new quality jobs across Indiana,” said Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Job creators like Integrity Sign Solutions choose to grow here because of Indiana’s business-friendly climate that ranks first in the Midwest and because of our state’s hardworking Hoosier workforce. With a balanced budget and declining taxes, Indiana offers fiscal predictability, allowing businesses to expand and add jobs with confidence.”

“The City of New Albany is very pleased to see the continued improvements and capital investment at Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc.,” said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan. “We believe keeping companies like Integrity Sign Solutions in Floyd County and other recent expansion efforts from companies located within the city are evidence of the growing business sector and improved economy in New Albany and herald more success to come.”

“Integrity Sign Solutions’ decision to not only stay but also expand in Southern Indiana is further evidence that our region, our workforce and our incentives are some of the best in the Midwest,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si. “Our state’s highly skilled workforce, pro-business climate, strategic location, and excellent quality of life, combined with a rich history, provide the ideal location for manufacturers of all kinds to grow their businesses here. We thank the owners of Integrity Sign Solutions for their continued commitment to Southern Indiana.”

About Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc.:
Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc., (ISSI) is a wholesale sign manufacturing company that was founded in January 2010. Integrity has become a one-stop provider for retail sign companies located throughout the United States. ISSI strives to live up to its name and exhibits the highest levels of integrity. For more information, please visit: www.integritysign.com.

About One Southern Indiana:
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the economic development organization and chamber of commerce serving Clark and Floyd counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. For more information on One Southern Indiana, visit: www.1si.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Integrity Sign Solutions, Inc.
Melissa or Mike Hobbs, 502.233.8755; melissa@integritysign.com or mike@integritysign.com

One Southern Indiana
Suzanne Ruark, 812.206.9050; suzanner@1si.org

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