Success Stories


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.