The Marshall County Crossroads region has been named a finalist in the 2018 Stellar Communities Program. The region consists of leaders from Marshall County, Argos, Bremen, Bourbon, Culver, LaPaz, and Plymouth.
A long-awaited project aimed at improving quality of life in Marshall County is coming together. Over the last few months, a great deal of progress has been made on a new 27,000 square foot Aquatic Center in Plymouth.
Marshall County has had a rich history of entrepreneurship and successful startup businesses. In the interest of continuing that tradition, the Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) awarded MCEDC $10,000 to support Notre Dame’s IDEA Week. The event features workshops, speakers, and the McCloskey New Venture Competition. The goal of IDEA Week is to introduce entrepreneurs, developers, and investors to each other and to highlight the economic growth that is moving our region forward.
Oasis Lifestyle, LLC, is expanding for the second time in four years (the first time under the business named Composite Technology Assemblies). Oasis, a leader in the fiberglass tub and shower industry, will be investing $1.9 million to improve production capacity. The capital investment will include two building expansion projects, at an estimated $1.8 million, and over $134,000 in new equipment.
After expanding to Plymouth less than two years ago, Pretzels, Inc. has exceeded local expectations by announcing its second major expansion. Due to market demand and growing customer base, Pretzels Inc. will expand the Plymouth facility with a $9 million investment. The company plans to install a second oven and new packaging line, as well as create 35 new jobs with an average wage of $17.90 per hour.
High-quality childcare and prekindergarten education are vital to growing our workforce now and in the future. After a tax abatement approval by the Plymouth City Council, Weir Enterprises LLC, also known as Carey’s Child Care, will soon be opening a new early learning facility in Plymouth through a $500,000 expansion.
Plymouth’s River Gate South housing development has reached a major milestone with the installation of a pedestrian bridge that will revitalize downtown. The new footbridge is a $300,000 capital investment that crosses the Yellow River. It connects the upcoming River Gate South apartments with River Park Square, beautifying the downtown and improving walkability.
After several years of planning sessions, negotiations, and consensus building, the Argos Manufacturing Center is under construction. Site grading began this month and foundation work will start as early as next week. The building is specifically designed to attract businesses looking to expand quickly. It will be 50,000 sq. ft., expandable to 300,000 sq. ft., and the interior is customizable depending on the needs of the future tenant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.