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Planners give green light to insurance building

By Lee Sauer news@kpcmedia.com ANGOLA — The Angola Plan Commission has approved a plan to build an insurance office building in a vacant lot a few blocks north of downtown. The commission met Monday in City Hall. Wagler and Associates intends to build an office building for Northwest Mutual Insurance on two back-to-back properties that stretch between North Wayne and Elizabeth streets. City Planner Vivian Likes told the council the proposed address for the property is 417 North Wayne…

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Orland doing depot work with grant

By Amy Oberlin aoberlin@kpcmedia.com Oct 10, 2018 ORLAND — A historic Orland building is getting a new roof. The work was made possible through a $5,000 grant from the Orland Fund at the Steuben County Community Foundation. “Thanks to the very hard work of Robin Sears,” added Orland Clerk Treasurer April Sanders during Monday night’s Orland Town Council meeting in the Orland Community Building. Sears is one of the three members of the town council. Work on a new dark gray roof at…

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Hamilton students take Manufacturing Day tour

By Dave Kurtz dkurtz@kpcmedia.com Oct 6, 2018 Updated Oct 6, 2018 HAMILTON — Junior and senior students from Hamilton High School visited a hometown factory Friday as part of nationwide Manufacturing Day. Triton Metal Products products gave the students tours of its high-tech plant on the town’s west side. The company promoted a message that jobs with high pay levels are available in manufacturing. A brochure given to students carried the slogan, “College pay without the college…

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Cardinal IG expanding its Fremont plant

KPC News Service Oct 6, 2018 Updated Oct 6, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — Cardinal IG in Fremont was one of 22 companies that announced plans to locate or expand in Indiana in conjunction with National Manufacturing Day, which was Friday. The companies are committing to invest more than $154 million in their Hoosier operations and create up to 1,090 new jobs over the next several years. “Each day, Hoosiers across the state are developing new solutions and creating crucial products that are…

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Hickman shares optimism for Innovation Park

By Mike Marturello mmarturello@kpcmedia.com Sep 28, 2018  ANGOLA — Mayor Dick Hickman hinted that big things are ahead for the development known as Innovation Park during an update given to members of the Angola Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The development, at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Interstate 69, is more than a decade in the making, its roots dating to 2003, just two years after Hickman took over the mayor’s office. While the conclusion of his talk might have…

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Biomedical firm receives funding from Angola board

By Lee Sauer news@kpcnews.com Sep 27, 2018  ANGOLA — A company that hopes to develop and sell a device that performs multiple blood tests in real time will receive a $12,500 grant from the Angola Investment Fund. On Tuesday, AIF’s Account Board met in City Hall with representatives of Blaire Biomedical. The company was formed by Trine University Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Melanie G. Watson, Ph.D., who is working on the device. Because of proprietary…

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Local Industries hosting tours for National Manufacturing Day

(Angola, IN) September 24, 2018 – In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, four Angola manufacturers will open their doors on Saturday, September 29th to the public as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. In addition to the open houses and facility tours, a tent area will host booths from additional manufacturers and local…

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Habitat starting home rehab program

Mike Marturello  Sep 16, 2018 ANGOLA — Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana is kicking off a new program in Steuben County aimed at making critical repairs of homes. The name of the program is Restore Our Community, which was developed by senior marketing students at Trine University. “We still want to build homes, but it costs us $80,000 to serve one family with one home, whereas $80,000 can serve 15-20 families through critical home repairs. We are excited about this new…

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Trine professor’s project receives Elevate Ventures funding

Contributed - KPC News  Sep. 12, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — Trine University associate professor of biomedical engineering Melanie G. Watson recently received one of the first two awards from Indiana’s Elevate Ventures’ new Community Ideation Fund. The funds will be used by Watson’s company, Blaire Biomedical, in its work to develop a handheld device that performs multiple blood tests in real time when linked to a smartphone. The project already received a $1,000 micro-grant from the…

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Musicant workshop coming to Angola

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Sep 7, 2018 ANGOLA — Angola is one of six communities across Indiana chosen by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to host a Musicant workshop. The workshop will take place Monday and Tuesday and will involve 35 people from Main Street organizations across the state as well as members of the Downtown Angola Coalition which is Angola’s Main Street organization. OCRA is sponsoring the workshops to help communities learn how to create and…

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