As economic growth slows in larger global markets, Indiana businesses need to look for new ways to expand.
Democrats say a work-share program that lowers workers' hours but avoids layoffs would benefit the state.
The new facility manufactures poly-tetra-flourine-ethelyne, which is used as a non-stick coating on many Cook products.
After fire destroyed part of the factory in 2011, For Bare Feet moved its operations to Martinsville and gave the old site to the Brown County commissioners.
Job growth is positive in many sectors of Indiana's economy, according to a report from the Department of Workforce and Development.
An Indiana expert says the Hoosier State is not alone in lacking skills needed for some jobs.
The housing market and auto sales showed substantial growth last month.
An Indiana University study looked at the top hiring industries as well as how long Indiana graduates tend to stay in the state.
Eleven percent of the companies surveyed said they plan to expand in the next two years.
The new workers will build a version of the Honda Civic which runs on natural gas.