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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
A number of businesses around Northern Indiana cut ribbons or broke ground on new projects recently, so we’ve gathered some highlights to mark the occasion:

Argos Manufacturing CenterIn Marshall County, a new shell building as well as a new housing development both broke ground in November. The shell building, known as the Argos Manufacturing Center, is a $2.8 million investment. Starting as a 50,000 sq. ft. facility, it will be expandable up to 300,000 sq. ft. Located in Argos, IN 75-acre industrial park, this structure is one of a number of projects in the area that receive support from the state in the form of Regional Cities Initiative funding. According to Marshall County Economic Development Corporation CEO Jerry Chavez, “Through best practices in design and construction and committed partners, the Argos Manufacturing Center will offer businesses a below-market price building with tons of flexibility, all of which provides strategic advantages in the Indiana market.” The shell building will be completed in early 2018.

Sand Hill Housing DevelopmentAnother project in Marshall County is known as the Sand Hill Farm Development. This project will transform a 14-acre parcel into a 24-unit apartment complex with access to parks and the downtown district of Culver, IN. The project is also supported by Regional Cities Initiative funding, helping the area to address a housing shortage as more companies have grown or come to the area. The Sand Hill Farm development will be complete in 2018.

Jerry Chavez, President & CEO
Marshall County Economic Development Corporation

Allen County, Android IndustriesIn Allen County, Android Industries cut the ribbon on its expanded operations. The company is a supplier for General Motors Co. This $15 million expansion added 55,000 sq. ft. and will lead to the creation of 313 new jobs by the end of 2018.

Eric Doden, CEO
Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Lake County Lear Corp.In Lake County, Lear Corp. broke ground on an automotive seat manufacturing plant. This new facility will consolidate current Hammond and Portage operations under one roof in a state-of-the-art, 240,000 sq. ft. plant. The $30 million facility will still be close to Ford operations, said Lear Executive Vice President Ray Scott. “Lear’s ongoing relationship with Ford and the UAW in Hammond is deeply appreciated, and we are grateful for future opportunities,” Scott said.

Karen Lauerman, President & CEO
Lake County Economic Alliance

Portage Prairie Business ParkIn Elkhart County, work is beginning on a massive new spec building. Planned at 227,000 sq. ft. for a single tenant to use as a distribution warehouse, it’s so big that the foundation cannot be poured at one time. The 28-foot tall building features 16 loading docks. The building is expected to be completed in May 2018.

Mark Dobson, President & CEO
Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County

In St. Joseph County, the Portage Prairie Business Park

has been growing rapidly and now has another distribution facility in the works. A groundbreaking was just held on Dec. 11 for a structure nearly identical to a just-completed-earlier-this-year 210,000 sq. ft. (leased to AM General) structure. This business park enjoys a great location north of South Bend International Airport and within two miles of I-80/90.

Jeff Rea, President & CEO
South Bend Region Economic Development