Marshall County is near the end of an intense process leveraging public engagement and years of planning to create an over 110-page comprehensive plan aimed at improving quality of life. On September 21st, the Marshall County Crossroads Stellar Initiative team officially submitted the Regional Development Plan (RDP) to the Stellar selection committee. Since being named a finalist in April, Marshall County has held 10 steering committee meetings, formed 4 subcommittees, conducted 2 surveys, and held 2 public workshops.
At a press conference on September 5th, Governor Holcomb reviled that a long-awaited interchange will be created at the intersection of U.S. 31 and S.R. 10 in Argos. The Argos community has collaborated widely to secure this interchange, earning support from local and state leadership. This project is estimated to be completed by 2023.
Training is one of the most important needs for incumbent workers according to Marshall County employers, as determined through MCEDCs recent employer interviews on workforce development issues. To address this need, Ancilla College and MCEDC partnered together last fall to work with local businesses and launch the Ancilla College Management and Leadership Training program. In the past year, Ancilla has provided training for four local organizations. Southwire is the most recent business to go through the program; twelve leaders have completed coursework so far, with more expected to register in the future.
Plymouth has demonstrated its strength as a business-friendly community by quickly attracting a new manufacturer to occupy the building left by a food processor in 2017. The new startup, Winona Building Products will produce high-quality, environmentally friendly insulation facings and vapor retarders. Winona will open with a product launch in November 2018. In the next few months, the company will invest approximately $9 million in equipment and building improvements. By the first quarter of 2019, Winona expects to have created 40 new jobs.
Public engagement is vital in securing Stellar designation. Our community exceeded expectations when nearly one hundred leaders came together on July 26th to give feedback and enhance the countys Stellar application. Marshall County was selected as one of the six finalists for the Stellar Regional Designation earlier this year.
Seventeen entities and organizations came together to develop a creative and unique financing plan for two projects. These efforts reflect a bold statement of investing in the City of Plymouth and Marshall Countys future. The projects, the Aquatic Center and Early Childhood Learning Center, broke ground on July 18th with over one hundred of interested citizens in attendance, representing county-wide support.
Culvers latest Stellar project, the Damore Amphitheater, is a testament to the strength of the Culver community in advancing quality of life. The amphitheater, located along Lake Maxinkuckee, will be a hub of art and culture for the community. The grand opening, held on July 12th, was standing room only as the community joined together to celebrate the completion of this project.
The Plymouth business community has asked for unique housing opportunities to attract young professionals to the area. River Gate South is the first new apartment complex to be built in many years to address these needs. While the apartments are on track to be completed later this year, several Hard Hat tours are being offered to potential residents this summer.
Few people know about the small town of Bourbon, Indiana, and its many unique opportunities. In an effort to change that, the town released a promotional video that will be used to attract potential residents and businesses. Bourbon, which is located near major markets such as Indianapolis, South Bend, and Chicago, is in the middle of everywhere."
Business attraction, job creation, and population growth are the expected outcomes of a new, estimated $2.77 million project in Argos, Indiana. After many years of planning, the Town of Argos and the MCEDC celebrated the substantial completion of the Argos Manufacturing Center with a ribbon cutting was on June 6th.
Our communitys proud history of entrepreneurship makes it a perfect place to develop and grow startup businesses. That is why MCEDC took part in Notre Dames IDEA Week, an event which introduces entrepreneurs, developers, and investors to each other and highlights the economic growth in our region. MCEDCs involvement in IDEA Week was made possible by funding support from the Marshall County Community Foundation and Plymouth Redevelopment Commission.
With financing close to being finalized, the highly anticipated Aquatic Center is on track to break ground this summer. This project also includes an Early Child Learning Center, both to be located just off US Hwy 30 near Lifeplex. These projects have been long awaited by the community, especially the pool which is over seven years in the making. The Early Child Learning Center will also serve as an invaluable workforce development solution by providing affordable, high quality daycare and pre-K education to encourage more parents to join the workforce.
After months of hard work on behalf of the town, Bourbon recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Dollar General. Bourbon and Marshall County leaders came together for the ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 12th demonstrating the county-wide support for this business expansion. The $1 million development will grow Bourbons commercial corridor along US Hwy 30 and SR 331 and bring 10 new jobs to the community.
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 Dames 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 Careys Child Care, will soon be opening a new early learning facility in Plymouth through a $500,000 expansion.
Plymouths 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.