Jim Plump of Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) is among 35 Hoosier business and community leaders traveling to Japan this week with Governor Mike Pence to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.

In his 31 years as executive director of JCIDC, Plump has made 25 trips to Japan. With 7 Japanese-based companies in Jackson County, the trips are crucial, Plump said.

“With more than 250 Japan-owned businesses operating in Indiana today, the state’s relationship with Japan is crucial to our economy and continued job creation in the Hoosier State,” Gov. Pence said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to returning to the site of my gubernatorial jobs mission to continue this momentum by sharing Indiana’s story as a state that works for business.”