If a manufacturer wanted to lease factory space in Hamilton, it would be out of luck.
Industrial occupancy is at 100 percent in the small town that straddles the Steuben-DeKalb county line. Bob Howard, president of the Hamilton Town Council, said its a nice problem to have.
But the lack of industrial space isnt stunting job growth in the town of 1,500.
AZZ Galvanizing, already one of Hamiltons largest employers, plans to add 40 jobs in the coming year. Wages will average $12 an hour.
The company will break ground in early April on an 18,000-square-foot, $2 million addition to its plant at 7825 S. Homestead Drive. The company plans to install $4 million in machinery and equipment after the building project is complete.
AZZ employs 82 in Hamilton.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based company operates 42 plants in 19 states and two Canadian provinces, according to its website. AZZ entered Hamilton in 2008 when it acquired AAA Galvanizing.
Galvanizing companies coat metal to prevent rust.
AZZs customers are in the automotive, construction and utility industries.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered the company $220,000 in tax credits contingent on the company fulfilling its hiring plans.
Dave Koenig, executive director of the Steuben County Economic Development Corp., is upbeat about AZZs expansion.
Its definitely a sign of the recovery coming to Steuben County, he said.
Koenig and Howard visited various Hamilton employers two months ago to check on things post-recession.
Koenig said: They are all doing quite well, actually.