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.
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 Argoss 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.