Lt. Governor Becky Skillman made an appearance in Knox recently to meeting with the leaders of J.W. Hicks, a manufacturer of refractory products and services for the metals industry. Skillman said J.W. Hicks is one-of-a-kind in the United States, and there are only four other companies in the world that produce similar products.
Established in 1985, J.W. Hicks continues to thrive in Indiana, and Skillman said she was pleased to see their latest expansion: a second facility for refractory recycling production. She said there are few things more rewarding than seeing a company expand and grow at a time when Indiana is most in need of jobs.
More than $50.9 million in grants have been awarded to Starke County from Lt. Governor Agencies since 2005. Grant dollars were distributed to projects that range from planning grants, housing assistance, to capital projects to neighborhood stabilization.
INDOT has awarded more than $16.3 million to Starke County since 2008 for new roads and improvements to existing infrastructure.