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.
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.
Hoosier Racing Tire is celebrating 60 years in business this year, and on March 27th, the company was honored by Governor Eric Holcomb.
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.
On March 9th, the City of Plymouth received official certification of membership into Indianas 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).
A new initiative, Made in Marshall County, was held on March 7th to allow local businesses to connect with soon-to-be graduates by promoting products that are made right here in Marshall County.
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 Indianas 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.
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.
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.
This fall, over 120 Bremen High School seniors and 150 Plymouth High School students got the chance to learn more about potential careers and the day-to-day operations of businesses in their community. This collaboration between businesses and students was thanks to Marshall County schools participation in Manufacturing Day, a national program in which manufacturers open their doors to showcase their businesses and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
The Town of Argos is hoping to grow its population through a new marketing strategy that will showcase all it has to offer. At a Town Council meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd, Argos leadership unveiled a short promotional video to attract new residents. The video was produced by the Mishawaka-based marketing firm, Big Idea Company this summer as part of Argos ongoing marketing initiative to grow their population.
Viking Paper Corporation, a leader in the corrugated box industry, has recently announced plans to invest approximately $1.51 million in the purchase and installation of new machinery, and $2.06 million in a building expansion that includes the addition of a rail spur and new loading docks.
Family owned and operated Homestead Dairy is about to become one of the largest automated robotic dairy farms in the nation, with an improved robotic milking system that can serve as a model for modern dairy farming innovation across the country.
Snack producer, Pretzels Inc., will be expanding its operations to Plymouth, creating up to 65 new jobs, and investing approximately $15 million to purchase and equip their 45,000 square foot facility.
On August 9th INDOT and County leadership held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 40,000 square foot, $7.2 million, state of the art Sub District highway maintenance facility in Plymouth.
On August 1st, the Regional Development Authority (RDA) for North Central Indiana approved funding for 15 projects throughout the region, 5 of which were submitted from Marshall County. These projects will help achieve the goals of the RCI, by improving quality of place and attracting talented workers in a variety of ways.