Sharing Successes & Saying Thank You!

In the fall of 2016, the HEDC Celebrated the Successes of Hancock County. Eight businesses were recognized at our Celebration event, to say Thank You for choosing Hancock County! Plus, two new Indiana State Certified Sites were announced for Barr North and Barr South—which bring the total of certified sites in Hancock County to six.

This marks the 4th Annual Celebration we have come together as a community with business leaders, local elected officials, and other invited guests to say thank you.  In 2016 over $139 million in proposed investment and 876 proposed jobs are represented in the eight businesses: Brybelly; Celadon; County Materials; Foamcraft; Indiana Auto Fasteners; Landsberg; Photon; and Tsuda – bringing the four-year totals to over $519 million in proposed investment and over 2,800 proposed jobs!

Aqua Indiana, HEDC board of director member, sponsored the event held at the Tour of Italy restaurant in downtown Greenfield on September 22, 2016. And, NineStar Connect, also an HEDC board of director member, generously provided videographers to highlight the event.

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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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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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