Delays in the start-up of a plastics manufacturing business south of Winamac are being blamed on ongoing electrical issues. IBC Thermoplastics plans to manufacture jerrycans at the old Anvil & Saw property on County Road 200 South.
Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer told the county commissioners last week that the business and the Winamac Electric Department have been trying to address some capacity issues. “Most of it was just figuring out what his machine actually required versus what they compared, if what he had, in terms of phase conversion, was adequate or not,” Origer explained. “There was a lot of back and forth, but finally, my understanding from the electric guys – because I can understand what they’re telling me a little more clearly – everything is moving forward and now we just needs to get connected.”
Origer said the proper transformer had been ordered, and he planned to visit the site for an update last week.
Pulaski County has granted tax abatements for the business, as well as a $200,000 loan from the county’s Revolving Loan Fund. Origer told the commissioners that the business has been making its loan payments, despite the delays.