"We're just so pleased with Stens' commitment to continue to make their investment here in Dubois County and Jasper specifically and helping our local communities strengthen," Ellspermann tells us. Stens continues to truck along, lifting it's name in the global outdoor power equipment industry. Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz says the company's success does wonders here at home saying, "This is the sixth different expansion we've had of local companies this year, so when other communities are contracting or being worried about losing jobs, we're gaining them." Ellspermann adds, "We need to make sure we're doing everything to have our workforces and our communities ready for that growth, that quality of place that we can attract young professionals and incumbent workers to live in our smaller communities across the state." More employment means more products, and more products means economic development for Jasper.
"Essentially you have a great place for people to call home and I think it's one of those things where we have to elevate from being a best kept secret to being something very worthwhile of sharing," Mayor Seitz says. Officials talked about retention and education, keeping skilled Hoosiers in the Hoosier state, and there's an open invitation from Mayor Seitz, "Come live here..come work here" he exclaims. Stens says the process of hiring professionals and front-line workers is already underway.