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A Manchester University study will examine ways to invest in and increase tourism in Wells County. The study, announced Tuesday, will include undergraduate researchers who will collect data on a variety of topics over the next few weeks. Results of the project will be made public, local officialsRead more
Alexin LLC, an aluminum extrusion billet and rolling ingot cast house, announced this week the ISO/TS 16949 certification for their Bluffton casting plant. ISO/TS 16949 is an internationally recognized Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry. This certification validatesRead more
A move this week to consider expanding portions of trails in Fort Wayne is one step toward creating a larger, regional system of trails that would include Wells County. The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority on Tuesday was asked to give the nonprofit Fort Wayne Trails Inc. $1.77Read more
More than two years in the making, the new directional and informational sign at the southeast corner of the Lancaster Avenue, Adams Street and Ind. 124 intersection on the city’s west side has been installed. The hope is that the sign will better assist truck drivers on where to go when they comeRead more
A Bluffton firm that makes training a priority has a leader who helps push others to new levels, according to John P. Dortch, president and CEO of The Preston Joan Group Inc. Dortch submitted the following to acknowledge the leadership he has seen at Alexin LLC , where millennials comprise a largeRead more
Ossian Town Council members Monday night granted Haldrup Inc . a 10-year, $1.9 million tax abatement on its current building. The normal procedure for seeking tax abatement is to seek it and then build. Haldrup built relying on savings it thought it would receive after the declaration of the OssianRead more
Ossian based Rethceif Packaging plans to nearly double the size of their current operation to accommodate new fabrication equipment. Rethceif Packaging will invest nearly $850,000 for a 18,125 square foot expansion to their current building in the Ossian Industrial Park in Ossian, Ind. The currentRead more
Pretzels Inc. , 123 Harvest Road, is planning $7 million in improvements to its facility — upgrades on five lines plus backup equipment, plus repairs and an upgrade to its building. Craig Anderson, the company’s chief financial officer, asked the members of the Bluffton Common Council Tuesday nightRead more
Economic Development director points to projects and groups that have an impact Quality of life issues are a key component as Wells County attempts to retain talent and increase its population, says Chad Kline, the county’s economic development director. Kline points to the construction of trailsRead more
IEDA CEO Lee Lewellen calls TIF a "critical tool" for economic development. The Indiana Economic Development Association says a new study confirms Tax Increment Financing as a "beneficial tool" for economic development. The study was carried out by economists from the University of Southern IndianaRead more