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Indiana Economic Development Corporation News Release: Musical Instrument Manufacturer Consolidates Illinois Operations to Indiana

ELKHART, Ind. (Dec. 17, 2012) - Conn-Selmer, Inc., a manufacturer of band and orchestra instruments, announced plans today to consolidate operations from LaGrange, Ill. to here, creating up to 23 new jobs by 2013.

The Elkhart-headquartered company, which is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments (NYSE: LVB), will invest $2.2 million to move its percussion instrument manufacturing operations to its 90,000 square-foot woodwind instrument facility located at 1000 Industrial Parkway in Elkhart.

"Companies continue to march to the Hoosier State where they find the perfect harmony of a talented workforce, low-taxes, fiscal stability and pro-business policies," said Dan Hasler, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Conn-Selmer has a long-standing history in Indiana and we are pleased our state fits the beat of their long-term business plan."

Conn-Selmer, which currently employs 346 Hoosiers at its four Elkhart facilities and 750 associates nationwide, plans to begin hiring additional production and manufacturing associates early next year.

"In an effort to remain the only full-line band instrument manufacturer in the United States, consolidating these facilities will help reduce overhead and provide us the best opportunity to achieve this goal," said John Stoner Jr., president and chief executive officer of Conn-Selmer. "We appreciate the support of our project by the city of Elkhart and the state of Indiana."

Founded in 1875, Conn-Selmer manufactures instruments for concert bands, marching bands and orchestras worldwide. The company, which produces brands such as Bach, C.G. Conn and Ludwig, operates a brass instrument facility in Eastlake, Ohio, a string instrument facility in Cleveland, Ohio and a percussion facility in Monroe, N.C.

Conn-Selmer takes an active role in enhancing the musical education and experiences of children worldwide through its partnership with Youth Music of the World, an organization which selects young musicians to perform for some of the world's largest festivals, parades and concert series.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Conn-Selmer, Inc. up to $120,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Elkhart approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County.

"Conn-Selmer is one of Elkhart's oldest and largest private sector employers. They have a long and storied history with our community," said Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore. "We are grateful for their vote of confidence in our community and we are proud to have the opportunity to partner with them in this expansion project."

Conn-Selmer is the second company today to announce plans to move operations from Illinois to the Hoosier State. Pre-packaged meat manufacturer Land O' Frost announced this morning that it will invest $6.4 million to relocate its corporate headquarters from Lansing, Ill. to Munster, Ind., creating up to 50 new jobs by 2014.

About Conn-Selmer
Conn-Selmer is the largest band instrument manufacturer in the United States. Founded in 1875, Conn-Selmer is a collection of the most famous brands in the Wind Instrument and Percussion category; Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, Ludwig Drums, Musser, King, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc and many more. Conn-Selmer distributes its instruments all over the world.

About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Dan Hasler serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

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