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State tax credits help Falk PLI expand in Portage

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Falk PLI Engineering Surveying, Inc., an engineering and surveying firm, announced plans today to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 34 new jobs by 2016, with the help of tax credits and grants issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

According to a statement released by the IEDC, the homegrown-Hoosier company will renovate and equip a 9,000 square-foot facility at AmeriPlex at the Port business park in Portage. The facility, which will be fully operational this fall, will allow the company to expand its market for engineering services to include the power generation industry.

“The success of innovative companies like Falk PLI is proof that Hoosier ingenuity, paired with a prosperous business climate, can foster dramatic growth,” Governor Mike Pence said.

Falk PLI, which currently has 33 full-time employees in Indiana, has already begun hiring engineers, technicians, and administrative support associates. “Northwest Indiana has become a client-centric location for our growing business,” said Mike Falk, president and CEO of Falk PLI. “While Falk PLI expands our geographic reach and services offered, Indiana remains the place where we can access an expanding base of customers and build upon our strong reputation.”

Founded in 1995, Falk PLI provides civil engineering and surveying services for the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. The company, which recently opened an additional office in Pittsburgh, Pa., specializes in laser scanning and tracking technology. Falk PLI was the first company in the steel industry to utilize laser technology, allowing for the greatest possible accuracy and speed for precision measurements.

The IEDC offered Falk PLI Engineering Surveying, Inc. up to $350,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 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 Portage approved additional tax abatement at the request of the Portage Economic Development Corporation.



Posted 6/6/2013