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17 jobs planned for Butler

Heidtman Steel applies for tax breaks on expansion

A Toledo steel company plans to invest $7.5 million and add 17 new jobs at its Butler operation, a DeKalb County official confirmed late Friday.

Heidtman Steel, which employs 158 at two Butler factories, has asked for state and local tax savings on the project.

The DeKalb County Council is scheduled to vote on the request at its July 1 meeting. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. couldn’t be reached for comment.

Heidtman is increasing its ability to process flat-roll steel produced by Steel Dynamics Inc., said Ken McCrory, executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership.

Heidtman’s equipment cleans, slits and cuts massive rolls of flat steel, McCrory said. The company is increasing its capacity to respond to increasing output from Fort Wayne-based SDI.

Annual wages for the new, factory jobs will average $38,000, according to the company’s filing with the county.

Heidtman operates factories in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Maryland to serve customers in the automotive, truck, bus, furniture, appliance and air-conditioning industries.

The addresses of its Butler plants are 4400 County Road 59 and 6118 County Road 42.

The steel industry makes an important contribution to the DeKalb economy, McCrory said. Among the steel-related employers in the county are Heidtman, SDI, Paragon Steel and Nucor Corp. Steel Dynamics alone employed about 630 in Butler as of June 2012.