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Council approves two tax abatements


Members of the LaGrange County Council unanimously approved two tax abatements for existing businesses in LaGrange County Monday morning. Both of the abatements were for firms in the woodworking industry.

WestPoint Woodworking, represented by Steven Raber, was granted a 10-year abatement for both real estate and personal property. The real estate abatement is for $555,000 and the new equipment abatement is for $325,000. The new equipment will include a CNC router.

WestPoint has been in business since 1994 and makes tables. The firm currently has 11 employees and will be adding five to seven new employees when the new facility is in place.

The other abatement is for Tri-State Hardwoods in South Milford. This is the third improvement for the company in the last four years. Tri-State will be investing some $641,000 in three new dry kilns and a new grading and tally line. “This company continues to grow and has fulfilled all requirements on all previous abatements,” said Keith Gillenwater, local economic development corporation director.

The additional equipment will necessitate the employment of five additional employees.

Councilman Mike Strawser reported that the committee for the CR 200N project has been somewhat delayed by the medical leave of Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill. “We will be trying to come up with a plan to address the hill problems in the area,” he said.