ALBION, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Charting a path for how to get more job wins in Indiana, which was the focus of Governor Mitch Daniels tour through the Northeast part of Indiana on Thursday.
Late afternoon, the governor was on hand as Busche Enterprises out of Albion announced it will add 120 jobs between now and 2015.
The company that is known for the machining and assembly of castings and forgings for various industries, including automotive customers, is opening an eighth plant in Noble County.
Owner Nick Busche says the state’s new “right to work” law was one factor that played into the decision.
He says new workers will start out at $12.00 an hour, but can work up to as much as $25.00 an hour, depending upon what trade skills they pick up.
Earlier in the day, in Decatur, Daniels came to Fleetwood RV to chair a meeting of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, set up to recruit companies and good paying jobs to the state.
The IEDC claims it has helped generate 7,000 new jobs so far in 2012, on the way to a goal of 25,000 new jobs.
The organization says five companies have made commitments because of the recent passage of "right to work".
The meeting host, Fleetwood, reported during the visit that its motor home sales have stabilized, but can the future look bright with fuel prices on the road to $5.00 a gallon?
Gov. Mitch Daniels/(R) Indiana: " What the industry tells us is, that's really not the biggest problem they have. When people can get financing, the people who love to RV will do so, even when gas is expensive, but it can hurt other parts of the Indiana economy very seriously."
The Governor hailed the recent decision to fund full-day kindergarten for public school children.
He said Indiana's fiscal house is in such good order, school districts shouldn't have to worry about having to pick up the tab in a few years, provided state government doesn't wander off into a pattern of wild spending.
On a different note, we asked the governor about what's been dubbed the “right to resist police” law, which gives Indiana residents new authority to use force, even deadly force, if they believe officers are illegally entering their home or car.
Daniels cautioned citizens about taking advantage of the law.
Daniels: " I can hardly conceive of a situation where a citizen will be legal if they try to use force, let alone deadly force, with a police officer."
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