Safe Manufacturer Establishing First Midwest Facility in Lake County

Safe Manufacturer Establishing First Midwest Facility in Lake County

Blue Dot Safes, a U.S.-based custom safe manufacturer and service provider, announced plans to locate a new distribution and call center in Lake County, creating 28 new jobs in Indiana.

“We’re excited to welcome Blue Dot Safes to the Hoosier state as they establish their first Midwest facility and create good jobs in northwest Indiana,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “Indiana offers companies like Blue Dot Safes a strong competitive advantage with our excellent business climate, skilled workforce and close proximity to major U.S. highways, providing the ideal location to transport their products across the country and around the world.”

The California-based company is investing $1.25 million to purchase, update and equip a 60,000-square-foot facility at 430 Russell St. in Hammond. The new facility, which is the company’s second location, will be home to Blue Dot Safes’ 24/7, in-bound call center and will also serve as its distribution and fulfillment hub in the Midwest, shipping custom commercial and gun safes across the country. Scheduled to be fully operational this fall, the company will completely renovate the exterior façade of the building while investing in new equipment and office furniture for the interior.

Blue Dot Safes, which currently employs 52 associates in the U.S., has already added 14 full-time employees at its Hammond facility and plans to create an additional 14 jobs within its technical support and customer service departments over the next two years.

“Blue Dot Safes is excited to expand our footprint into Northwest Indiana. Our partnership and interactions with the IEDC as well as the city of Hammond has been an absolute pleasure,” said Berge Jalakian, president and chief executive officer of Blue Dot Safes. “We’re extremely eager to get our new Midwest facility up and running with the help of many hard working Hoosiers!”

Founded in 2004 by Berge and Mirna Jalakian, Blue Dot Safes has a full line of customized commercial and residential safes ranging from depository to high-security safes. The company also provides facility and locksmith services to thousands of retail and corporate locations across the nation. Blue Dot Safes’ mission is to secure its customers’ office and home assets by designing and delivering quality theft prevention services and solutions.

“The city is happy to welcome Blue Dot Safes to Hammond. This investment in our downtown will bring jobs and keep investment in the former Discover Books building,” said Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. “I think it says something about the viability and business climate in Hammond when we have a large facility that was never vacant — it went from one company occupying it to another one moving in.”

The IEDC offered Blue Dot Safes up to $210,000 in conditional tax credits 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 Hammond is supportive of the project and has offered financial assistance through its Business Facade Rebate program.

Blue Dot Safes’ expansion plans continue a trend of national companies choosing Indiana for growth. Indiana’s business climate ranks first in the Midwest and fifth in the nation, offering companies like Blue Dot Safes the tools and resources they need to grow its business.

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