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Company relocating to Mt. Comfort

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MT. COMFORT — A multi-faceted Indianapolis-based company with employees in 37 states will set up shop this summer across from Indianapolis Regional Airport and bring with it about 75 employees.

The Executive Management Services Group, with a core businesses in facilities maintenance and cleaning, currently has its headquarters in the Castleton area. It will locate its corporate offices and two other of its business enterprises to about 60,000 square feet of office and production space on four blocks at the intersection of West Airport Boulevard and Mt. Comfort Road. The property is in the Mt. Comfort Commercial Park.

“We are excited to become part of Hancock County and help it grow,” company president and CEO David Bego told county commissioners on Tuesday.

EMS asked commissioners for a name change for North Awning Court within the property to EMS Way. Commissioners decided to table the request pending further comment from surrounding property owners.

In addition to bringing its corporate headquarters to the area, EMS plans to locate two of its other businesses, Barrett Supplies and Equipment and Moorfeed, to the property.

Barrett is a Midwest distributor of paper products, plastic liners, chemicals, floor and carpet care equipment and other products, and Moorfeed manufactures sound enclosures, industrial hoppers, solid state controls and other manufacturing equipment.

Raymond Mourey, EMS executive vice president, said Moorfeed will bring 25 to 30 employees to the area with Barrett Supplies relocating about a dozen.

The corporate headquarters will be staffed by 35 to 40 employees, Mourey said.

Bego started the company as a one-man office-cleaning business in 1989.

Since that time, the company has secured several large institutional clients and diversified into several segments, including security services, Bego said.

“We now have over 5,000 employees in 37 states,” he said.

The company has had headquarters in the Castleton area of Indianapolis since 1998, and officials say it has outgrown its space there.

Company officials say they hope to move the distribution and manufacturing facilities into the Mt. Comfort site by late April and the corporate office will open sometime in June.

Skip Kuker, executive director of the Hancock County Economic Development Council, said EMS approached the county about seven months ago and liked what it saw in the area.

“I think he saw the opportunity that’s out there,” Kuker said of Bego. “He’s got some incredible ideas. (EMS) is very diversified, and there’s room there for him to expand his other businesses.”

There are no present pending requests by the company for tax abatements or other incentives; however, should EMS elect to build at the site in the future, it could ask the county for incentives at that time, Kuker said.

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