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Kimball Adding Jobs to Salem Plant

The City of Salem made an announcement this morning that Kimball International will be bringing approximately 100 new jobs to the Salem Plant over the next two years.

The company is closing a plant in Idaho and moving 160 jobs to Southern Indiana: Salem and Jasper.

Mayor David Bower is thrilled with the news and hopes this puts the minds of Kimball employees at ease for the holidays. "Residents in Salem should sleep better knowing that plant isn't going to close," he said.

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New Organization formed to help revitalize downtown Salem

The Heart of Salem was recently welcomed into the Indiana Main Street (IMS) organization, which is a group of more than 100 communities dedicated to the revitalization of their downtown areas.

“Viable downtowns are crucial to the economic health of our state,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “By joining Indiana Main Street, Salem has taken an important step to developing a thriving downtown.”

IMS was established to provide economic revitalization and professional assistance to participating communities. The program encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. As the traditional heart and hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction, the downtown business district portrays a city’s overall image.

“We look forward to continuing alongside the residents of the City of Salem,” said Shae Kmicikewyez, program manager for Indiana Main Street. “By forming the Heart of Salem, the community is showing they understand the importance of a thriving downtown.”

The IMS is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).