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It's a huge hurdle to economic development in America, a lack of skilled machinists to fill millions of unfilled hi-tech manufacturing jobs. A class at South Adams High School in Berne, Indiana is fighting to close America's skilled machinists gap. Read the story from Eric Olson, WPTA21.COM here .Read more
Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), shined a light on 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics and their use of the new federal tax reform during a visit to the factory in Bluffton Thursday. Banks took a tour of the facility before his Town Hall meeting at the Arts, Commerce and Visitors Centre and met with 20/20Read more
The Bluffton Common Council approved compliance forms for six tax abatements Tuesday night. One of the abatements was an original statement of benefits from Pretzels Inc. for a new oven being placed at the company’s facility at 123 Harvest Road. Craig Anderson, the company’s chief financial officerRead more
Alexin LLC of Bluffton has been sold to a Canadian company, Matalco Inc., which is part of the Giampaolo Group of companies. The transaction was announced Friday morning, and is subject to “customary closing conditions,” according to a press release. Todd Johnson, Alexin’s vice president ofRead more
About three dozen people came out Wednesday night to Bluffton High School to offer input and brainstorm ideas about the future of Wells County. The talk was put on by Economic Development Director Chad Kline and Area Plan Commission Director and Bluffton NOW! (New, Old, Wonderful) President MichaelRead more
The Wells County Economic Development conducted a Housing Assessment and Growth Strategy Study for Wells County that was completed in November 2017. The study involved over eight months of data collection, interviews and working meetings with community stakeholders. Wells County EconomicRead more
INDIANAPOLIS — International trade continues to be critical for food and agricultural companies in Indiana. In order to grow this important sector of the state’s economy, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is working to expand access to international markets by strengthening itsRead more
Ossian-based Berne Apparel plans to expand the size of their current operation to accommodate additional warehousing needs. Berne Apparel will invest nearly $2.2 million for a 60,000 square foot expansion to their current building in the Ossian Industrial Park in Ossian, Ind. The current buildingRead more
20/20 Custom Molded Plastics Inc., the company that bought the former Buckhorn facility and also hired several former Buckhorn employees, told the Bluffton Common Council Tuesday that it has plans to completely renew the plant at 785 Decker Drive. The company requested tax abatements on $15.2Read more
A new web platform being launched by Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and other financial supporters will be part informational and part promotional. The project is being developed in partnership with Detroit-based Issue Media group, which operates similar onlineRead more