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Projects’ Progress Takes Center Stage in Carroll County

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Delphi Opera House in Carroll County reopened to the public after a $4.5 million expansion. The expansion nearly doubled the size of the theater, restored its famed stage, and it took advantage of $2.6 million made available through Indiana's 2012 Stellar Communities program, an initiative that awards millions to selected cities with comprehensive development plans.

Carroll County’s other projects have also made dramatic progress recently, including at its latest industrial park, expansions of its Indiana Packers facility, and other revitalization projects, many revolving around the Stellar Communities program.

According to information released by the city of Delphi, a total of some $25 million in combined investments, including those from the Stellar Communities program, have already been pumped into the downtown. These projects include developing the historic downtown neighborhoods, creating owner-occupied housing, and making paths from the Hoosier Heartland Corridor. About $8 million has also been put into the Canal Commons housing project.

But the Stellar Communities program hasn’t been the only success for Carroll County’s economy.

Back in July, the 60-acre Hoosier Heartland Industrial Park in Delphi broke ground for its first tenant, Carroll White REMC, a rural electric cooperative that intends to build a 40,000 square foot operation center in this space. Eighteen employees are expected to be housed there.

And Indiana Packers, a subsidiary of the Japanese-based Mitsubishi Corp., announced plans for a $40.6 million expansion of its local operations in Delphi. Indiana Packers processes pork and bacon for the U.S., Japan and Mexico. It has more than 2,000 full-time employees split between its operations in Delphi and Frankfort, and intends to hire more to meet the needs of its expanded operations.

Laura Walls, Executive Director
Carroll County Economic Development Corporation