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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Woodland Terrace

NEW PALESTINE, IN. — Best-known for the Crestwood Village Senior Communities, the Indianapolis-based Justus Family of Companies is delighted to announce their newest brand of senior living, Woodland Terrace. The Justus Family of Companies has officially broken ground on a location in New Palestine, IN.

Woodland Terrace of New Palestine is currently under construction at 4400 Terrace Drive, located off US Highway 52 next to Greenfield Banking Company. Residents and families can choose from a continuum of care with 34 Independent Living cottage homes, 77 licensed Assisted Living apartments and 21 private Memory Care suites.

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New Commercial Development

McCordsville–The once-sleepy burg of McCordsville is undergoing a transformation that is expected to add a host of new commercial development to the Hancock County town.

Bordering Marion County to the east, McCordsville has seen its population climb the past decade from about 1,200 residents in 2005 to nearly 7,000 now.

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Businesses seek tax breaks

GREENFIELD — Three business deals in the works could lead to up to 120 new jobs in Hancock County.

The Hancock Economic Development Council is pursuing agreements with three businesses that are looking to locate or expand in Hancock County. On Wednesday, city and county officials approved tax breaks for Indiana Automotive Fasteners, a company that makes car parts for a variety of vehicles including Toyota and FoamCraft, an Indianapolis-based foam manufacturer.

The county council also gave preliminary approval to tax deduction for County Materials Corp., which manufactures concrete and stone for landscape and construction projects.

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Company eyeing county

HANCOCK COUNTY — An Indianapolis-based manufacturing company is eyeing Hancock County as the site for a new facility that would bring about two dozen jobs to the area, provided the county is willing to approve a tax break.

Foamcraft Inc., a 63-year-old foam fabricator with five facilities located across the state, is considering a 10-acre property in the 7200 block of West County Road 200N as the site of a new 60,000-square-foot facility.

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