Photo: Vermillion Rise Mega Park
A pet company has announced it will move into a Vermillion County business park that used to be a chemical warfare base.
Scott Pet Products will be the second business to relocate to Vermillion Rise Mega Park, situated on the site of the former Newport Chemical Depot, which manufactured VX nerve gas, a toxic chemical warfare agent. But Vermillion Rise spokesperson Susan Snider say it has since been through an extensive cleanup.
“The entire property at Vermillion Rise Mega Park had gone through the remediation process, through the U.S. government and the Army, and has been cleared for development purposes,” she says.
Scott Pet Products is moving its manufacturing and distribution warehouse from Oklahoma to Vermillion County.
“We not only chose this location because of its close proximity to our corporate headquarters, but we have come to appreciate Indiana’s workforce and business-friendly environment,” Michael Bassett, president of Scott Pet Products, said in a statement.
Scott Pet Products’ headquarters are in Rockville, just miles away from the Vermillion Rise Mega Park.
The Indiana Economic Development Commission is offering the company $70,000 in performance-based training grants as an incentive to locate in Vermillion County. Scott officials expect to hire 80 workers and be fully operational by January.