An old elementary school building in southern Brown County will soon have a new industrial occupant.
The old school in the community of Helmsburg had for 20 years housed a sock factory until a 2011 fire damaged one of the auxiliary buildings at the site. That caused the company For Bare Feet to move its 160 workers to a factory in Martinsville.
The Herald-Times reports that Beamery Group of Whitestown has purchased the school from Brown County for $417,000. That company makes natural timber frames and other construction materials.
Beamery Group's proposal to county officials says it expects to have 25 workers in its first year at the site about 15 miles northeast of Bloomington. That workforce could grow to about 55 workers in the third year.
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