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Door-maker selects Butler

Janus International to invest $650,000, create 100 jobs

A maker of steel roll-up doors for the self-storage industry is rolling out operations in Butler.

Janus International, which also supplies industrial and commercial customers, will invest $650,000 to lease, renovate and equip a vacant building in the DeKalb County city of about 2,700 residents. The address is 620 W. Main St., Butler.

The Georgia-based manufacturer plans to create 50 jobs this year and expects to grow to 100 workers by the end of 2016.

The jobs, which are mostly in production, will pay $12.60 to $13.37 an hour, according to paperwork filed with economic development officials.

Hiring will begin soon. Anyone interested in applying for a position should contact WorkOne Northeast, which is providing recruiting services in addition to training and other incentives.

Ken McCrory, executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership, first met with Janus officials more than a year ago when he took them to see the former Rods Building, where threaded rods were once made.

Several visits over several months persuaded company officials to select Butler over the other finalist, a Michigan location, McCrory said. He suspects the presence of a major Janus supplier, Steel Dynamics Inc., pushed Butler over the top in the Midwest competition.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered Janus a $475,000 EDGE, or Economic Development for a Growing Economy, tax credit. The incentive is performance-based. The manufacturer will receive the full amount only if it fulfills its hiring projections of creating 50 jobs this year and 25 jobs each of the next two years.

Butler Mayor Ron Walter played an important role in luring the employer, McCrory said.

“Janus is a great fit for Butler’s industrial base,” Walter said in a statement. “The company aligns well with our existing manufacturers. We are pleased to welcome them to Butler and look forward to having a once-empty manufacturing facility become productive again.”

Janus International has seven locations around the world, including a joint venture in Mexico.

The self-storage industry is one of the fastest-growing in the country, according to Self Storage Association, a Washington trade group that represents more than 5,000 member companies.

As of 2012, about 1 in 10 households rented space from one of the 52,000 storage providers in the U.S. That’s up from 1 in 17 households in 1995.