Groundbreaking Held for Metronet Expansion into Marshall County

Plymouth, IN - At a groundbreaking ceremony held last Friday, over 45 government, business, and economic development officials formally announced the construction of a high speed broadband network linking Plymouth and South Bend. 

The $2.5 million project will add 33 miles of underground conduit to carry dark fiber optic cable from Ireland Road and U.S. 31 in South Bend into Marshall County. The conduit will extend along U.S. 31 and Michigan Road, and into and throughout Plymouth. 

This announcement was years in the making and is a direct result of regional cooperation between several governmental jurisdictions and businesses. Capital contributors to the project include the City of Plymouth, Marshall County, St. Joseph County, Hoosier Racing Tire, and the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC). 

Lack of access to high speed and high capacity broadband communications has become a critical issue throughout Marshall County limiting business growth. Therefore, one of the primary goals of the project is to facilitate new investment and job growth by providing access to the latest communications, cloud computing, and data storage technologies. Hoosier Racing Tire stated that limited capacity in communications was negatively impacting production, and the SJRMC will utilize additional capacity to support the growth of their Plymouth campus.

“Our public and private sector funding partners have provided a technology unique in rural Indiana that will have a positive economic development impact,” stated Kevin Overmyer, Marshall County Commissioner.

Additional speakers at groundbreaking ceremony included  Mayor Mark Senter from Plymouth; Commissioner Andrew Kostielney from St. Joseph County; Mary Jan Hedman, Executive Director with the Metronet; Craig Benninghoff, Vice President of Operations with Hoosier Racing Tire; and Brent Martin, one of the community leaders supporting the initiative.  

Construction will occur in the spring and summer with the first subscribers expected to be connected by October.

Source: Marshall County Economic Development Corporation and WTCA

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