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March 2017 Successes

Monday, March 20, 2017

Allen County

Prairie Farms Dairy

  • Illinois-based dairy producer expanding operations in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Investing $9 million to construct and equip an addition to existing facility
  • Expansion is part of plan to add specialty products to its offerings
  • Construction of the 22,500 sq. ft. addition will begin in April and be complete within 18 months
  • Creating a small number of new jobs

Eric Doden, CEO

Greater Fort Wayne Inc.



Elkhart County

Dexter Axle

  • Elkhart-based company has acquired the axle, brake and actuation business assets of Atlanta, GA-based Tie Down Engineering Inc.
  • Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed
  • Acquisition broadens the company’s aftermarket offerings and will allow for adjacent-area growth in the future
  • Company says that this will create new job opportunities in both Atlanta and Elkhart

Heartland RV

  • Thor Industries subsidiary expanding in several places in 2017
  • In Elkhart, three facilities will expand: a 78,000 sq. ft. expansion and a 77,000 sq. ft. expansion to manufacturing plants, and a third facility that will provide pre-delivery inspection
  • In Middlebury, a 139,000 sq. ft. towable production facility is currently under construction and will open in August.
  • In Howe, IN (located in LaGrange County) two travel trailer production facilities are under construction and will be complete in September 2017
  • Once finished, these projects will create 200 additional jobs in Indiana


  • Thor Industries subsidiary and travel trailer, fifth wheel and motor home manufacturer expanding in Middlebury, IN
  • New facilities add 400,000 sq. ft. of production space to its existing campus
  • New buildings include two manufacturing plants, a dedicated mill room and lamination facility
  • Creating up to 300 new jobs


Monogram Foods

  • Tennessee-based food manufacturer renovating and equipping current facility in Bristol, IN
  • Investing $20 million to add a new mini cord dog production line, add automation technology and prepare for another potential expansion in 2018
  • New line will make the Bristol plant the largest producer of mini corn dogs in the nation
  • Plans to hire an additional 25 workers by the end of 2017

Mark Dobson, President & CEO

Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County



Howard County

AP Development LLC

  • Indianapolis-based development company has announced plans for downtown Kokomo property
  • Redeveloping old YMCA property into a 46-apartment facility, with 18 units within the original 1910 structure and the other 28 located in a new addition, providing housing in the downtown area
  • Construction expected to begin in April 2018 and be complete the next year

Charles Sparks, President & CEO

Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance



Lake County

Gary Jet Center

  • Announced plans for a new corporate flight center at its Fixed Base Operation at the Gary/Chicago International Airport
  • New facility will be complete in July and will feature a glass-walled lobby, multiple pilot lounges, a business center, conference room and kitchen facilities
  • Creating a small number of jobs


  • Southlake YMCA in Crown Point, IN planning $35 million expansion project
  • Expansion will add 80,000 sq. ft. including a six-lane pool two gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, a family game room and an early learning center for children and a drop-in childcare
  • With $24.5 million already raised and $7 million planned to be financed, only $3.5 million is needed to meet the funding goal and break ground in August 2017

Karen Lauerman, President & CEO

Lake County Economic Alliance



Miami County

OP Nutrition

  • Livestock feed company owned by Indiana Packers Corp. is building a feed-mill operation north of Peru, IN
  • Purchasing 45 acres in the North Miami Industrial Park and constructing four buildings totaling 30,000 sq. ft. of space
  • The mill expects to produce 300,000 tons of grain a year, most of which will be delivered to farms within 50 miles of Peru, IN
  • Groundbreaking in April and should be operational within 18 months
  • Creating 14 new jobs

Jim Tidd, Executive Director

Miami County Economic Development Authority



Newton County

Fair Oaks Farms

  • Two new ag-themed attractions will be coming to the ag-tourism destination: Chicken Adventures and Beef Cattle Adventures
  • Plans for the new attractions are similar in scope to existing attractions (Dairy, Pig and Crop Adventures)
  • Total investment not yet determined, but plans include an $8-$12 million hotel as they aim to draw more than one million visitors per year


Midwestern BioAg

  • Wisconsin-based company has developed a new fertilizer manufacturing process and will manufacture it at a new facility in Fair Oaks, IN at Fair Oaks Farms
  • Process, known as TerraNu Nutrient Technology, transforms manure into a uniform, dry fertilizer granule that can be stored, transported and spread and helps build soil health
  • Investing $15 million for the manufacturing plant and will employ 15 workers by mid-April

Tim Myers

Newton County Economic Development Commission



Porter County


  • Soluble plastic film producer (used in Tide Pods and Cascade Pods) accelerating completion of already-announced growth projects due to high demand
  • Construction of phases II and III of its 300,000 sq. ft. plant in AmeriPlex at the Port business park in Portage, IN will begin this year
  • Instead of opening a second production line by 202, the company now wants to open six production lines instead and triple the plant’s production volume
  • Creating 60 new jobs in 2017

Andy Maletta, Executive Director

Portage Economic Development Corporation



Whitley County

Kissinger Electric

  • Columbia City-based company building new facility within Park 30 Business Park
  • Construction of the 7,700 sq. ft. facility will begin in March and be complete by August
  • Adding 8 new jobs

Jon Myers, President

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation