Six exciting things happening right now in Hancock County, Indiana

It’s an exciting time to be in Hancock County, the eastern door to Indianapolis.

BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI), a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global automotive market, announced plans to locate its first U.S. production facility in Greenfield, creating up to 441 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.

We’re proud to be one of two Indiana counties that’s achieved the “Indiana Healthy Community” designation from the Wellness Council of Indiana.

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China-Based Auto Component Manufacturer Chooses Greenfield for First U.S. Production Facility

GREENFIELD, Ind. – BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd. (BWI), a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global automotive market, announced plans to locate its first U.S. production facility in Indiana, creating up to 441 new, high-wage jobs by 2021. Continue reading…


$7M, 7-bridge construction project

$7M, 7-bridge construction project on I-70 starts April 17, 2017

Milestone Contractors plans to set construction signs along I-70 on April 17, 2017 for a $7.2 million project to replace or maintain and preserve seven bridges in Hancock and Henry counties.

Overnight lane closures on I-70 can be expected in the following three construction zones starting on or after April 17 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. as crews set temporary concrete barriers and pave shoulders in preparation for future traffic shifts.

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First Quarter 2017 Update from HEDC

It was a busy first quarter for HEDC and a productive one for Hancock County.

“The year has started off with a large number of “requests for information,” according to HEDC director Nolan “Skip” Kuker. “We are working 13 very active projects, one of which is very close to being finished. Hancock County continues to be the focus of interest for development and recent Census data shows Hancock County as the 3rd fastest growing county in the State of Indiana, with no signs of slowing.”

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HEDC “On the Road”

HEDC “On the Road” at Greenfield-Central Educational Services Center

HEDC held its March meeting ‘on the road’ at the Greenfield-Central Educational Services Center. Dr. Harold Olin welcomed our board to this new facility for Greenfield-Central School Corporation, which houses The Academy at Greenfield Central and the Cougar Cubs Preschool.

We asked Dr. Olin about the history behind the project, as well as as the connection between economic development and our community’s education system.

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Business Boom – Alliance Park

Development flourishes in industrial park

GREENFIELD — Just a few months ago, the vista outside Brandon Reeve’s office window consisted mostly of dirt and stubbly grass, he said.

Reeve’s company, Applied Fabricators, moved into the Greenfield industrial park just north of Interstate 70 in the western portion of the county in early 2015. Since then, he’s watched firsthand the boom in development taking place in the company’s backyard, with businesses popping up fill a third of the park’s space.

It’s a turnaround county officials say is a long time coming; and with about 60 percent of the land in the county’s seven industrial parks, which span about 1,000 acres, still available, they hope the growth in Alliance Interstate Park will continue to attract more developers to the area.

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NineStar development

NineStar plans to plumb Hancock County’s ‘frontier’ for development

About two-thirds of Hancock County, just east of Indianapolis, lacks public water or sewer service. Wells and septic tanks suffice, but not for officials trying to attract large businesses or residential developments.

“This 38,000 acres essentially has been frontier,” said Michael Burrow, president and CEO of NineStar Connect, a Greenfield-based electric and fiber-optic communications cooperative.

But that’s about to change.

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Bastian Designs Lift Platform

Greenfield, Indiana – Bastian Automation Engineering, a division of Indianapolis-headquartered Bastian Solutions, is in the final stages of a multi-year project with a US-based aircraft engine manufacturer to design and build a custom Lift Platform Vehicle. The vehicle is comprised of a variable height work surface that will be used by operators during Jet Engine testing procedures. The project generated 10 man-years worth of work for local engineers and manufacturing personnel as well as over $300,000 in domestically sourced materials.

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Landsberg breaks ground

Becknell photo_Landsberg ground breaking_webHancock County – Landsberg Orora representatives, development partners, and Hancock Economic Development Council gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of Landsberg –  in Greenfield, Indiana.

Larry Siegler, The Peterson Company, kicked off the ceremony by welcoming and thanking everyone for attending.

Landsberg will construct a 100,000sf facility at a site in Alliance Park, near county roads 200 N and 700 W.

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New tenant in Legion building

GREENFIELD — An engineering company has opened its headquarters in Greenfield, breathing new life into a vacant building once owned by a local veteran’s group.

Photon Automation, which develops high- powered industrial lasers and builds robotic machinery, has moved into the space at 275 S. Center St. that once housed the American Legion.

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