Merrillville Welcomes Midwest Truck & Auto Parts at Ground Breaking Ceremony

I was honored to speak on Thursday, October 29th to welcome Midwest Truck and Auto Parts, Inc. to Merrillville at their ceremonial groundbreaking at the Ameriplex at the Crossroads Business Park at 94th and Georgia Street.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (left), Mark Chudacoff, President and CEO of Midwest Truck and Auto Parts, (center) and Michael Chudacoff, Business Development Manager celebrate the groundbreaking of their new building in Merrillville, Indiana on October 29, 2020.

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb welcomed the father and son team, CEO Mark Chudacoff and his son Michael Chudacoff along with Merrillville Town Council President Rick Bella, Town Manager Pat Reardon, and Crow Holdings Managing Director of the Midwest, Matt Cruise.

Michael Chudacoff, Business Development Manager of Midwest Truck and Auto served as the Master of Ceremonies introducing guest speakers.

“Welcome to the land of Triple AAA ratings and Hoosier hospitality,” said Gov. Holcomb. Rick Bella said that the town often doesn’t get a chance to choose who develops in town… “But if we could, we’d certainly choose a company like the family owned Midwest Truck and Auto Parts,” he said.

Mark Chudacoff expressed how desirable it is to do business in Indiana.

This $21.5 million construction project will house Midwest in 125,000 square feet of the total 208,000 building. About 200 construction jobs will be generated over a 12-month period for the project. Once open, Midwest hopes to employ 100 full time positions in a short period of time. They have locations in California, Georgia, Illinois and Texas. It aims to distribute products to customers within 48 hours.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Midwest Truck up to $1.5M in conditional tax credits based on its job creation plans which are performance based. The Merrillville Town Council approved a 10-year tax abatement for the project.  

Gov. Eric Holcomb stresses a point during his welcome speech at the Midwest Truck and Auto Parts groundbreaking ceremony.
Town Council President Rick Bella welcomed Midwest to Indiana's largest town on behalf of the Town Council, Redevelopment Commission, and Merrillville residents.
Merrillville Town Manager Patrick Reardon thanks all of the various entities who worked on this project to make it a reality.
Matt Cruise, Managing Director of the Midwest for Crow Holdings expressed excitment over their first project in Indiana.
Members of the Merrillville Town Council along with Town Manager Pat Reardon pose with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb at the Midwest Truck and Auto Parts groundbreaking ceremony.

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