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Openings Abound as Fall Begins

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Although the fall season is normally associated more with images of sweaters and falling leaves here in northern Indiana than with new beginnings or growth (traditionally, that would be spring), it seems as if this year it’s always spring for economic development thanks to every-budding opportunities and a large number of businesses across the top of the state growing (as covered in our Success and Expansion section) or else hosting openings or groundbreakings:

In South Bend, CupPrint US, a subsidiary of the Irish Company, has partnered with the University of Notre Dame to produce its customized paper cups in the former Studebaker building. The company began production in September, and you can learn more about their paper cups here.

Meanwhile at the South Bend International Airport officials cut the ribbon on a $1.5 million general aviation public ramp, which has already resulted in creating some jobs. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors President Abe Marcus, South Bend Redevelopment Commission President Marcia Jones and other local leaders took part in the event.

Also in South Bend, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the start of construction of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel downtown. This will be a $14 million, five-story hotel will be the first hotel built in the downtown since the early 1980s.

Merrillville saw its own groundbreaking at the end of August for Polycon Industries Inc.’s new expansion. The plastic manufacturer is adding 150,000 sq. ft. of space and Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, Karen Lauerman of the Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance, and other officials from the town were all on hand for the start of this major project.

Still in Lake County, Hammond recently saw the opening of a massive new distribution center by PotashCorp, which supplies a vital nutrient used in fertilizers. Years of work and $40 million in investment and finally this facility, which added 14 new miles of rail and can handle 1,000 rail cars, is finally open and operational.

In Kosciusko County, TruHorizons opened a new state-of-the-art grain elevator that represents a $30 million investment, which was designed to put grain markets around the globe within reach of area farmers. With storage capacity of 4.3 million bushels, rail service by two major rail lines, and equipment to quickly load and unload trucks and rail cars, the opening of this facility marks a truly significant change for the area.

Finally, in Kendallville of Noble County a new 95-bed health campus opened its doors to offer both assisted-living as well as skilled nursing services to residents.  Orchard Pointe, a multi-million dollar facility, is operated by Trilogy Health Services and is based on a “village center” model and includes amenities such as courtyards, a putting green, an ice cream parlor and much more.