The proposed relocation of a Knox business will require upgrades to the water and sewer systems in the Knox Industrial Park. Traffic Control Specialists hopes to break ground this fall on a new building at the southeast corner of 250 East and Pacific Avenue south of Toll Brothers and west of Knox Fertilizer.
The Knox City Council will consider a request from Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver to designate the site as an economic revitalization area and approve abatements for the building and equipment at their Sept. 8th meeting. Weaver says the company is poised to add at least 22 new jobs if the expansion plans are approved.
Knox officials have also asked Bob Aloi with Territorial Engineering to examine the existing water and sewer lines in the area. He gave the board of works a rough estimate of $85,000 to extend lines and add a grinder pump and lift station to process sewage. Mayor Rick Chambers says the city council needs to look at the cost of the project and decide on a scope of work. Money from the economic development income tax fund can be used to pay for the upgrades.
TSC currently has 65 employees, most of whom are local. They specialize in work zone safety and are a leading provider of signs and service throughout northern Indiana. Weaver says they’ve outgrown their current building on 300 East between White Flyer and the railroad tracks. Owners Tracey, Brian and Barry Triska considered moving the business to Valparaiso or LaPorte but have opted to stay in Starke County if the tax incentives to do so are approved.