Pulaski County Anticipates Abatement Request for Project

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Council has taken a step that may soon help an area business grow its operations.

A preliminary resolution was presented that anticipates steps by Winamac-based R&S Welding and Fabricating to begin expansion. The company is operated by Bob and Sue Rosenbaum Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer says nothing is officially on the docket, yet.

“At this point, there is no tax abatement request on the docket, but I’ve been speaking with Bob [Rosenbaum] and there’s some potential for some growth out there that he probably would not be able to make happen without some assistance,” says Origer.

The company specializes in aluminum and small tank manufacturing and is located in the Winamac Industrial Park.

For the County to provide any future tax abatement, the land where R&S Welding and Fabricating sits must first be deemed an Economic Revitalization Area. Most of the land in the park that is not county owned already falls under that designation.

Origer says that by approving the preliminary resolution, it can assist the process if the company wants to begin right away.

“All we’re doing is getting this one step ready so that if the time comes: if he does, or someday if somebody else is there, we don’t have to go through all these hoops in a hurry if there’s something that is time sensitive,” says Origer. “This decision does not have any effect on the tax base, it just makes it eligible.”

R&S Welding and Fabricating sits on about four acres of land.

A public hearing will now be scheduled at the Pulaski County Council’s October meeting. Council members approved the preliminary resolution, unanimously.