More than 1,000 jobs coming to Northern Indiana

More than 1,000 jobs will come to Northern Indiana after two companies expanded their investments in the state.

Gov. Mitch Daniels visited South Bend and LaPorte Wednesday afternoon to help share the good news.

Daniels says since the economy's started to bounce back, economic growth in the state has been disproportionate.

"I sense a real turning point in Northern Indiana," he said. "So much of [the success] has been down south."

Raco, Inc. announced Wednesday it will move a distribution center from South Holland, Ill., to South Bend, bringing along up to 80 jobs.

"A lot of it boiled down to economics," said Chris Hildebrand. "The utility deal is better, some of the tax situations are a little bit better here."

Raco already employs 300 people in its manufacturing facility off Sample Street.

It plans to hire for the new facility in the second quarter of 2013.

Another company that's expanding its business in Northern Indiana is Space Center, LLC.

The company announced it plans to expand the existing Thomas Rose Industrial Park in LaPorte, which houses the old Whirlpool plant.

The additional buildings and space will attract new businesses to the area and bring in an estimated 1,000 jobs.

"It will be designed to attract Fortune 500 companies and, when complete, will contain one million square feet of buildings," said Space Center VP Tom Casey.

It's unknown how soon businesses will setup shop in the expanded industrial park and begin hiring.

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