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MAYOR: UTILITY SERVICES COMPANY BRINGING 140 JOBS TO L’BURG

Source - http://eaglecountryonline.com/local-article/mayor-utility-services-company-bringing-140-jobs-to-lawrenceburg/

Posted On April 19, 2016
By Mike Perleberg

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Photo courtesy Premier Energy Services.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – An Ohio company may soon relocate to Lawrenceburg, bringing around 140 jobs with it.

Premier Energy Service is a contractor for the natural gas utility industry, mainly offering services to local utility companies. Today, the company is headquartered in Fairfield, Ohio.

Last week, the Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission approved a $400,000 incentive for Premiere. Lawrenceburg City Council voted Monday to approve the allocation of the funds.

Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Director Bryan Messmore says the grant funds will help with the company’s relocation and construction at an existing facility on Industrial Drive. The money will only be awarded once the business is in place and operational.

Mayor Kelly Mollaun says Premier could move to the Spirit City within the next 60 days.

“They also are working with Ivy Tech to develop a training/curriculum to train their folks. So it will be just another item in the advanced manufacturing building over there. It might be able to help our high school students and even college age students,” says Mollaun.

The mayor tells Eagle Country 99.3 that Premier provides union jobs paying around $21 per hour.

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Premier is owned by John Stenger. Prior to co-founding the company, he held several other engineering and executive jobs in the utilities industry, including Vice President of Operations for the Lawrenceburg Gas Company.

As the mayor alluded, Ivy Tech Community College’s under-development Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center at the nearby Industrial Drive campus was a selling point on Premier’s location to the Hoosier state. The prospects of a trained pool of workers and reducing employee turnover at the company were Premier’s motivation to move.

“We believe and (Stenger) believes that through their natural attrition they’ll be able to attract local residents, local Hoosiers, to work there. Hopefully, because the employees are located here and from here, Premier will be able to have a more static workforce instead of having so much fluctuation,” says Messmore.

Courtesy - Eagle Country 99.3 FM