Current News

Current News

Summer Brings Groundbreakings and New Developments

Friday, June 16, 2017

As the summer warms up, many economic development organizations are preparing fertile ground, and lots of companies are putting down new roots in Northern Indiana. Here are some of the latest developments to be aware of:

  • In Porter County, California-based company EasyDial, makers of the Dharma portable hemodialysis machine, has broken ground on a new production facility in Chesterton, IN. This is a $21 million investment in a new 42,000 sq. ft. facility and will begin production in 2018, employing nearly 100 workers in high-wage jobs.


    “We were extremely excited at the prospect of Indiana as a location for our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility because of its economic advantages, employee resource pool and geographical location,” said EasyDial president and CEO Renato Giordano.


  • In La Porte County, Holladay Properties and the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City (EDCMC) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new EasyDial. This 64,000 sq. ft., multi-tenant spec building has a great location close to Highway 20 and Interstate 94 and is located within the new AmeriPlex-Marquette business park.


    According to Mike Micka, Holladay Properties’ vice president of development, “This city is doing a lot of amazing things right now. There’s a nice vibe and this is a great location close to the interstate so that’s why we decided to make the investment here.”


  • In Miami County, a recently completed shell building is getting attention but is still available in Grissom Aeroplex’s South Industrial Park, a well-positioned spot near Grissom Air Reserve Base.


    The building features 32-foot ceilings, truck docks and 57,600 sq. ft. of space. Land available around the building means its expandable up to 240,000 sq. ft., should a company need it. According to Miami County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jim Tidd, the site has been getting attention, with 11 companies contacting them now that the county has a building to offer, rather than just open land.


  • In St. Joseph County, efforts towards a new industrial park near New Carlisle are underway with a massive infrastructure project nearing completion. The $4.35 million project included water and sewer lines and conduit lines for fiber-optics for broadband internet. According to the county economic development director Bill Schalliol, the work to eventually create a business hub here is well underway, with “several industrial and commercial projects of different sizes,” already in talks with his organization and considering sites.

Jim Tidd, Executive Director

Miami County Economic Development Authority



Clarence Hulse, Executive Director

Economic Development Corporation Michigan City



Bill Schalliol, Executive Director

St. Joseph County Economic Development