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Tilson announces expansion, additional jobs

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — An expansion to an Indiana business will bring over 200 new jobs to the area.

The professional employer organization Tilson is expanding its headquarters in Greenwood. Tilson is a company that provides Human Resource workers to smaller or rapidly growing companies that need to focus more on their core business practices.

Governor Mike Pence says all the jobs being created are moving the state closer to record breaking numbers.

“We think we’re just a few week away from being able to announce a new record in private sector employment in the state of Indiana. It’s people like Brent Tilson and its companies like Tilsons that are making that happen,” said Pence.

Tilson’s expansion will cost more than $1.5 million and is predicted to bring more than 240 jobs to Indiana by the year 2020.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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