Success Stories

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Solving workforce development issues involves a myriad of strategies, one of which is connecting with future workers and familiarizing them with potential career paths. That is why businesses and schools recently came together for the 2nd annual “Made in Marshall County” event.

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Culver broke ground on the Sand Hill Farm Housing development on November 8th. Located just west of downtown Culver, Sand Hill Farm will have a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments totaling 24 units. This fall, the town approved a residential tax abatement for the development, making it the first residential abatement in Marshall County. Sand Hill Farm was also recently awarded Regional Cities funding, and is one of the first major Stellar projects to break ground.

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The Argos Manufacturing Center is being built within Argos’s 75 acre Shovel Ready certified park and will be 50,000 square feet, expandable to up to 300,000 square feet. The project was officially awarded $400,000 in Regional Cities Initiative funding this summer and broke ground November 7th.

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In 2016, the Town of Culver was recognized for its impressive planning efforts by being named a finalist in the Stellar Communities Designation Program. That year, Culver narrowly missed winning official designation, which pushed the town to develop an even better application for 2017. Now after two years of hard work, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced that the Town of Culver was awarded Stellar Designation.

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Just a year after purchasing a new building, snack producer, Pretzels, Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of its Plymouth facility. In recognition of this accomplishment, state and local dignitaries came together on October 17th for a celebratory ribbon cutting and tour of the building located at 2910 Commerce Street.

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After many months of hard work and planning, several transformative Marshall County projects have officially been awarded Regional Cities Initiative (RCI) funding by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

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Training is one of the biggest needs for incumbent workers according to Marshall County employers, as determined through recent employer interviews on workforce development issues. That is why the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Ancilla College, and MCEDC have partnered together, in conjunction with local businesses, to launch the Ancilla College Management and Leadership Training program.

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In 2015, the North Central Indiana region won $42 million through the Regional Cities Initiative (RCI) to address population stagnation and improve quality of place. Today, Marshall County has officially begun construction on its first RCI funded project, the River Gate South apartment development.

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In response to market demand, the Town of Argos will build a manufacturing center just south of Town, with a groundbreaking estimated to take place in August. The Argos Manufacturing Center will offer businesses a below market priced building with tons of flexibility which is a strategic advantage in the Indiana market.

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The Town of Culver is now the 3rd Marshall County community to become Main Street certified in just the past year, joining Plymouth and Bremen in this distinction. On June 17th, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced Culver as the newest member of the Indiana Main Street Program.

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For the second year in a row, Culver has been named one of six finalists for the Stellar Communities Program. This year's plan will build off of the one from last year and include projects such as creating a trail around the lake, renovating the old downtown movie theater, and building a new amphitheater for public events in Culver Town Park.

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The Argos Town Council recently adopted a new comprehensive plan. Plan development began in the summer of 2016 and included input from the Argos Steering Committee, local leadership, and residents. After months of consensus building the final plan was adopted at an Argos Town Council meeting on April 19th.

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Elkay Wood Products is announcing its 2nd major expansion in just over 2 years. Elkay plans to invest $3.9 million to purchase and install new machinery and equipment at the Culver facility, which will upgrade and expand manufacturing operations.

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The Plymouth City Council continues to encourage local business growth by supporting a tax abatement for Farm Innovators, Inc., an agribusiness leader in the deicer and heated products market.

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On March 9th, the City of Plymouth received official certification of membership into Indiana’s branch of Main Street America. This recognition comes after many months of organizing, planning, and building consensus between the Plymouth residents and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

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Access to a skilled workforce is the most pressing need for employers in Marshall County. This is why the Northern Indiana Workforce Board (NIWB), which operates Indiana’s WorkOne centers, and Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) are joining efforts to launch a pilot project in Marshall County that will assess the needs of area businesses and implement tailored solutions.

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Marshall County is taking part in a project that will increase economic development opportunities and help connect our community to dozens of cities and towns throughout the Midwest. After many years of effort across three states, the Columbus to Chicago high speed passenger rail project is moving forward.

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Faulkner Fabricating, Inc., a leader in the production of shipping racks and components to the automotive, window, and coal mining industries, announced plans to invest approximately $216,730 in machinery and $960,000 in a building expansion. This capital investment will increase efficiency and profits which will aid in current employee retention and facilitate the creation of 5-10 additional jobs.