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[IEDC] Marketing Agency Expanding in Allen County
Start Date: 3/11/2013 All Day
End Date: 3/11/2013
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ROANOKE, Ind. (March 11, 2013) – BMD Agency, LLC, a boutique creative design firm, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 27 new jobs by 2016.

The homegrown-Hoosier company will invest $4.1 million to build and equip a 20,000 square-foot facility in the Silverado Industrial Park, a state certified shovel ready site in Allen County. BMD Agency plans to move from its current Fort Wayne site to the new facility by the end of the year.

“It’s encouraging to see a young company continue to create new opportunities for Hoosiers,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “We know BMD Agency had other options available for this expansion, but this is the latest evidence that Indiana’s pro-growth, low-tax climate works for small businesses.”

BMD Agency, which currently has 29 full-time employees in Indiana, is currently hiring additional writers and graphic designers. Interested applicants can apply at www.brittonmdg.com/careers

“Most of our new clients are from outside of Indiana and that has made it tempting to expand our operations closer to new opportunities,” said Jeff Britton, principal of BMD Agency. “But our roots are here in Indiana. Our long-standing client Vera Bradley is here and we believe that our Midwestern work ethic, combined with the latest technology, a new inspiring work environment and an expanded world-class team will allow us to compete with the best. We look forward to our continued future in northeast Indiana and thank the IEDC and local officials for helping make this expansion possible.”

Founded in 2006 by Jeff and Sue Britton, BMD Agency provides advertising and lifestyle marketing services to clients that specialize in female consumer goods that are influenced by color and fashion trends. The company, whose clients include Vera Bradley, Summit Brands, Benjamin Moore Paints and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, received a 2011 RACIE Award by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association for its work on the 2010 Vera Bradley catalog.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered BMD Agency, LLC up to $260,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $30,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Fort Wayne approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.

“We are pleased that BMD Agency has chosen to reinvest in our community and its residents,” said Nelson Peters, Allen County Commissioner. “We are also happy our Shovel Ready Site program is being put to good use by a worthy company that is bringing new jobs and investment to the local economy.”

BMD Agency is the latest homegrown-Hoosier company to announce plans to expand in the state. Berry Plastics, Baldwin & Lyons and Masterbrand Cabinets are just a few of the homegrown-Hoosier firms that have committed to expanding their operations in Indiana this year, accounting for 660 projected new jobs and more than $95 million in capital investment.

About BMD Agency
Britton Marketing & Design Group is a full-service marketing agency specializing in the promotion of consumer goods and services. This includes giftware, home décor, fashion accessories and personal care products. Past and current clients have included national and international brands such as Vera Bradley, Benjamin Moore, Ace Hardware, the Art Institute of Chicago, Summit Brands and Peg Perego. To learn more about the Britton, visit www.brittonmdg.com.

About IEDC
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

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Media Contacts:
Jennifer Wilson (BMD Agency) – 260.469.0851 or jenniferwilson@brittonmdg.com
Katelyn Hancock (IEDC) – 317.234.2294 or kahancock@iedc.in.gov
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Allen County
Contact Information:
Name: Katelyn Hancock
Phone: 317-234-2294
Email: kahancock@iedc.in.gov
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