Officials in Crawford County say the state’s business climate has kept them from attracting a new industry. A turkey processing plant was interested in relocating to Robinson, but Robinson Mayor Roger Pathtel says it was going to cost the company too much to do business in Illinois.
Pethtel says it was going to cost the company about a million dollars more to do business in Illinois than in Indiana. Most of that was in workman’s comp, which was going to be about six-hundred-thousand dollars more. The plant would have meant three-hundred new jobs to the community. Pethtel says it’s disappointing to lose out on the plant because it would have helped the local economy.