Aisin Chemical donates $10,000 to dog shelter

To celebrate 15 years of production and support the community, Aisin Chemical Indiana LLC in Crothersville recently donated $10,000 to be used toward the completion of the Jackson County Dog Shelter in Brownstown.

“As part of our 15-year celebration, we discussed with a few community leaders and agreed that as a community, we need to push to finish a project that was started in the fall of 2018,” company Vice President Tim Carter said in a news release.

“The Jackson County Dog Shelter will not only help misfortunate animals in all of Jackson County but also give the opportunity for Sheriff Rick Meyer to utilize inmates to provide manpower to help the animals and assist in maintaining the facility making this a win-win for the community,” he said.

The estimated cost to finish the dog shelter is $50,000 after taking into account the funds the Jackson County Dog Shelter committee already has to complete construction. The total cost for completion is $96,500.

These costs do not include the yearly operational budget to maintain the dog shelter.

Staff from dog shelters in Brown, Monroe and Shelby counties have told the dog shelter committee that their operational budget and veterinarian bills have all been covered through donations.

Carter said Aisin Chemical’s donation can go toward whatever the dog shelter committee needs, and the company felt compelled to contribute funds since construction started three years ago and was stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic hindering progress and fundraising efforts.

“We felt the need to give a kickback to get things going,” he said.

Members of the dog shelter committee gave Carter and Aisin Chemical President Masayuki Isogami a tour of the dog shelter Friday morning and discussed future plans.

“For me, it just shows that they’re in the community and they’re invested in the community,” county Councilman Michael Davidson said. “It’s something that’s going to make the community better.”

Fourteen dog kennels are planned for the dog shelter with room for more if needed. An isolation room is being constructed to hold incoming dogs for two days before acclimating them to the dogs of the shelter.

Two extra kennels are being installed for dogs that need to recover from surgery or illness.

Meyer said inmates will be largely responsible for washing dogs and cleaning kennels. They also will help with construction of the dog shelter by painting it and installing insulation.

A part-time employee and county Animal Control Officer Mark Deaton also would help with operations of the dog shelter.

The next step to completing the dog shelter is for the Jackson County Commissioners to agree to allow Independent Land Surveying of Brownstown to help lay out plans and oversee construction.

Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse in Brownstown. A dog shelter contractor release is on the agenda for discussion for approval that meeting.

Aisin Chemical produces friction disc clutches and similar products for automotive transmissions, environmentally friendly paint-type products for vehicle interior noise reduction and a product line of adhesives for the bonding of metal components that greatly reduces the need for welding in automotive assembly.

The company was established in 2006 and shared space with Aisin Drivetrain in Crothersville. By 2014, Aisin Chemical’s operation had grown to two plants, 200,000 square feet of production space and around 100 employees.

“Without the community’s support, we would not have had the success we have had for the past 15 years,” Carter said. “This not only includes the town of Crothersville but all of Jackson County.”