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Goodbye in Marion.

Goodbye in Marion. Thomson Multimedia's declining employment in Marion bottomed out at zero in March when the remaining 990 workers learned of the immediate shutdown of the 1-million-square-foot plant. At one time, the television picture tube manufacturer employed as many 3,000 workers.

Besides the loss of jobs, "We've obviously got challenges marketing the facility," says Tim Eckerle, executive director of the Grant County Economic Development Growth Council.

In more positive news, Indianapolis software developer TechnoSoft, founded in 1997 and currently employing just two, announced in May that it would move to Marion by year-end. It plans to employ 25 the first year and 100 within three years.

Grant County is also looking forward to the $18 million, 85,000-square-foot campus Ivy Tech State College plans to build in Marion.

"Thomson, even though a tragedy, has energized the community," Eckerle says. "We are focused on the future."
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Title Annotation:East-Central Indiana update: the region's top business stories.; Grant County Economic Development Growth Council
Comment:Goodbye in Marion.(East-Central Indiana update: the region's top business stories.)(Grant County Economic Development Growth Council)
Author:Mayer, Kathy
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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