Bloomfield Business Filling Niche to Supply Crane

A Bloomfield company is creating jobs along with its foam and metal packing materials.

Governor Mitch Daniels jokes with local government officials

A Bloomfield company is creating jobs along with its foam and metal packing materials. Paragon Force Incorporated has an eager purchaser in nearby Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and the support of the Governor. Jessica Gall has the story.

Local government officials, employees and friends of Paragon Force Inc. gathered in a white warehouse in Bloomfield to celebrate the opening of the NorthGate Business Park.

Company president JR Davis introduced local state legislators, a representative from partner company Science Applications International Corporation, and Captain Chuck LaSota, the commander of Crane, before Governor Daniels spoke at the podium.

ParagonForce CEO Ray Darnell explains what will be happening inside the facility that caught the governor’s attention.

“We opened the company ParagonForce in June with the idea of developing jobs in coordination with SAIC and Crane. And we have developed some projects, this one being the first that expands our footprint where we are doing production facility work here where we are using a water jet facility to cut foam that high technological components are shipped around the world with. But more importantly we have a metal water jet machinery here that cuts metal that will support the war fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The machines use about 1,000 gallons of water a day, which was important in choosing a location within Bloomfield’s city septic system.

Darnell says Paragon Force currently has six employees for the NorthGate facility, but would like 50 by the spring. If the company’s emerging international construction work continues to grow, Darnell estimates the company could need 5,000 employees by the end of the year, all of whom will be trained in house.

“We train them ourselves. This is the kind of work that requires a specific skill set already. But then it can be fine tuned real quickly to do it. But the most important thing that we’re looking for is that we’re not just looking for jobs, we’re looking for living wage jobs where people can provide for their families, where they can pay for houses.”

Governor Daniels told the crowd that the state needs more private sector companies like ParagonForce to take risks in order to bring stability to small towns and rural areas.

ParagonForce is accepting applications for jobs at the NorthGate facility both in person and at its Web site, www.paragonforce.com.

Jessica Gall Myrick

Originally from West Lafeytte, Ind., Jessica Gall Myrick moved to Bloomington in 2002 to run cross country and track for the IU Hoosiers and never left. She has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's in Journalism from Indiana University.

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