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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Greenfield site Certified Silver

Greenfield, IN

Indianapolis – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announces that Greenfield’s Barr North has achieved Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Silver.

The Indiana Site Certified program endorses sites that are ready for economic development. By certifying a site, it illustrates that the community is committed to economic growth, mitigates risks for businesses who want to locate or expand their operations into Indiana and it serves as a marketing tool to promote sites that are ready for development.

“Each time a community secures site certified status it demonstrates its commitment to supporting the creation of economic and employment opportunities for its people and businesses,” said OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha.

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AT&T invests in Indiana

AT&T invested nearly $2 Billion in its wireless and wired networks right here in Indiana during 2013 and 2015.

At AT&T , we’ve invested nearly $2 billion in our Indiana wireless and wired networks during 2013 -2015. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.

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Steps to attract businesses

FORTVILLE–The small town of Fortville in Hancock County is taking big steps to attract more business activity as residential development from nearby Fishers creeps closer to its borders.

With roughly 4,000 residents, Fortville sits six miles east of Marion County’s northeast corner—past McCordsville on U.S. 36 and within minutes of Hamilton County.

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Approval of business district

FORTVILLE — Almost 200 acres of farmland along Fortville Pike could be the future site of a bustling business park — or so local leaders hope.

The Fortville Town Council this week unanimously approved a plan to create a tax-increment financing, or TIF district, which will use property tax dollars from new development on the south side of the community to improve the area and attract companies to set up shop nearby.

The district, which measures approximately 186 acres in all, is currently covered in crops, but town officials said they hope the plan will spur economic growth in the area.

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Elanco develops new vaccines

GREENFIELD — Scientists at Elanco Animal Health’s new facility on the north side of Greenfield are working to develop vaccines for food-borne illness and researching alternatives to antibiotics used in food animals.

About 30 employees are now working in the new 48,000-square-foot facility, construction of which wrapped up in the spring, said Colleen Parr Dekker, a spokeswoman for the company.

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McCordsville is booming

McCORDSVILLE — When Sheila Roberts settled on McCordsville as her home six years ago, she was thrilled to find an affordable house in a quiet community.

Much has changed since she moved in; McCordsville is now one of the fastest-growing cities in the area, a trend Roberts says has made it an even better place to live.

More families are moving to Hancock County, and the majority are landing along the western edge. Population growth across Hancock County is up 3 percent, which amounts to approximately 2,500 more residents than those recorded in the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Kohl’s & PetSmart construction

GREENFIELD — Initial work began this week on the construction of the new Kohl’s and PetSmart stores in Greenfield, sending a collective sigh of relief from residents across the county.

Construction on the Kohl’s site, in particular, brings an end to months of doubt from residents that the retailer would follow through on plans, after company representatives repeatedly delayed decisions on a Greenfield store originally slated to open in 2012.

Work on both new stores should wrap up sometime this fall, and developers are aiming for a late September to early October opening, said Colby Price, project manager.
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Tsuda Industries expansion

A local manufacturer is asking county officials for a tax break to support a multi-million dollar expansion project — a development that would add dozens of jobs to the company’s workforce.

Tsuda Industries, a Japan-based auto parts producer, wants to build a 70,000-square-foot expansion to its current facility off West County Road 300N, which opened in 2014. The proposed expansion is expected to cost as much as $55 million, including construction and new equipment, officials said.

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