Zentis North America will roughly double in size and expand into additional markets with the recent acquisition of Philadelphia-based Sweet Ovations.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has launched a new website to help bridge the "middle skills" gap. The site is designed to assist job seekers, students, and high school guidance counselors in identifying careers that are in high demand which require more than a high school education but less than a four year college degree. The information can be assessed by the general public free of charge and will be updated annually.
Bremen Castings, Inc. is planning to open on on-site health care clinic in November. The clinic will provide services to more than 600 employees and dependents, including free generic prescriptions and care.
Webster Elementary School in Plymouth was one of the 269 schools in the U.S. that received the honor of being named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.
A four county regional business database - or CRM - is being launched to aid in economic development efforts in Marshall, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Kosciusko counties.
Indiana was ranked as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide in the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2012 study, co-published with the American Economic Development Institute. This is the fourth ranking in less than a year in which the Hoosier State's business climate has scored a top ten finish nationally.
Several Indiana counties have been declared federal disaster areas as this summer's drought continues. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says changes to assistance programs will help farmers affected by natural disasters receive assistance more quickly and affordably.
At the midway point in the year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced that it has worked with 145 companies that have made decisions to expand or establish new business operations in Indiana for a total of nearly 13,300 projected new jobs.
Approximately only half of Indiana's small businesses have a website. To increase our business online presence statewide, Google has launched the Indiana Get Your Business Online program. Google worked with partners including the Indiana Small Business Development Centers to design the program, which will help drive economic growth by giving Indiana businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business.
Despite the sluggish economy and volatile export trends in the past several years, Indiana exports totaled $32.2 billion in 2011, a record high for the state, according to a new report from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
Four Marshall County restaurants selected as a part of the Northern Indiana Foodie Trail, launched by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC) in partnership with Midwest Living magazine. This trail highlights some of the best non-chain restaurants in northern Indiana.
Indiana is essentially holding steady on a prominent national list of best states to do business. It is 14th in this year's rankings compiled by CNBC, up one spot from last year.
Irving Materials, Inc. has announced that it has purchased of Rock Industries from the Smith family of Peru, Indiana. This includes the Peru and Plymouth aggregate quarries. The addition of the two Rock Industries facilities brings IMI Aggregate mining operations to 18 across Indiana.
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The Indiana Department of Education has received a $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Services. The grant will help the state improve a data system that focuses on improving student college and career readiness.
Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program now offers an online version of its training course designed to help workers prepare to be certified as green manufacturing specialists. The online workshop provides preparation for those wanting to take the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate exam. The program includes a videotaped lecture and PowerPoint presentations.
Hoosier Racing Tire, founded in Plymouth, Indiana in 1957, continues to innovate and on it's way has become the world's largest race tire manufacturer. Every tire the company produces is made in Plymouth and is shipped to over 70 counties with distributors throughout the world. With the rising growth and popularity of motor sports, Hoosier Racing is expanding its production facilities and plans to add employees.
Plymouth Municipal Airport might have closed for good, run-down and overgrown with weeds after 30 years of neglect. But when Mayor Mark Senter was elected in 2008, he took an interest in the long-neglected airfield, and appointed new members to the Board of Aviation Commissioners, starting with Tom Flynn, who became president of the board.
An annual report gives Indiana high marks for the health of its manufacturing and logistics sectors. However, the fifth annual report card from Conexus Indiana and Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research shows the state still has room to improve in the areas of human capital, benefit costs and diversification.
A northern Indiana orthopedic manufacturer is growing at a pace that surprises even its leading executives. Culver Tool and Engineering, Inc. in Plymouth - just 25 miles from the Warsaw orthopedic cluster - has experienced three consecutive years of 33 percent growth, says president Wade Berger. For the small company of 55 employees, the flourishing business has resulted in some unexpected "growing pains" that it's responding to with a $1 million expansion.