Blackford County Welcomes Newest Employer


Family-Owned Recycler Relocating from Canada to the Hoosier State

HARTFORD CITY, Ind.  – Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith joined executives from ShaLee Oils LLC, a recycler of vegetable-based oils and animal fats, today to announce the company’s plans to relocate its operations from Windsor, Ontario, to Hartford City, Indiana.

The company will invest $1.23 million to purchase, renovate and equip an existing 51,200-square-foot shell facility at 400 Bob Barry Drive in Blackford County. The building has been vacant since it was built in August 2000. The investment will also be used to upgrade manufacturing equipment, transfer existing machinery to Indiana, and construct a rail spur to facilitate shipping to its customers located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.


“Global businesses like ShaLee Oils choose Indiana because of our state’s logistical, cost and talent advantage,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “As the second Canadian company just this summer to announce that it is coming to Indiana, ShaLee Oils continues this trend of relocations to the Hoosier State as our unemployment reaches its lowest point in more than seven years.”


ShaLee Oils expects to begin operations in Indiana by January 2016. The company will be the eighth major recycling business in Blackford County, which together employ more than 325 Hoosiers. The relocation will create up to seven new Hoosier jobs by 2016.


“With our customer and supply chains stretching across North America, Blackford County’s logistics and infrastructure strength played a significant role in our location decision,” said Bill Knapp, founder of ShaLee Oils. “Indiana’s skilled labor force and superior business climate create the perfect environment for the future success and growth of our company at its new home in Hartford City.”


ShaLee Oils was founded in 1986 when Knapp, now president of the company, recognized a need in the local community for restaurant grease rendering and recycling. The company, which specializes in the buying and blending of recycled vegetable-based oils and animal fats, now serves customers across North America.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will provide Hartford City up to $50,000 in infrastructure assistance from the state’s Industrial Development Grant Fund based on the company’s redevelopment plans. Hartford City will consider additional incentives at the request of the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation.


“Hartford City manufacturers are thriving,” said Hartford City Mayor Ben Hodgin. “We are delighted that ShaLee Oils has chosen to relocate its operation here to join in the economic success of our community. This family-owned business is a great addition to Hartford City and will provide excellent jobs for our citizens.”


Just last month Canada-based Techo-Bloc, a manufacturer of high-end paving stones and patio blocks, announced that it selected Indiana for its Midwest regional headquarters. The manufacturer plans to invest $34.26 million to renovate and construct its new headquarters in Waterloo, creating up to 85 new Hoosier jobs by 2018.

About ShaLee Oils
ShaLee Oils, LLC is a family-run business, which was founded in 1986 by Bill Knapp. Established in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the company specializes in the buying and blending of recycled vegetable-based oils and animal fats. The company serves customers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.


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