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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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Historic commission approves building improvements

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Sep 7, 2018 ANGOLA — Building improvements are coming to 117 W. Maumee St., the home of Shelton Investigations in downtown Angola, after approval came from the Historic Preservation Commission during a meeting held Tuesday. Ken Shelton, the owner of the building, presented along with his contractor Doug Bidlack on the changes which include replacing and improving the enclosed rear entrance of the building, replacing a window and replacing the vents…

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IFN has more in mind for region’s broadband

By Doug LeDuc dleduc@kpcmedia.com Aug 15, 2018 Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network has even more in store for northeast Indiana than the infrastructure it just built out for low-cost, high-speed broadband along the U.S. 30 corridor in Allen and Whitley counties. The new infrastructure now serving companies at the Park 30 Business Center in Columbia City and other businesses along U.S. 30 “went live with multiple customers prior to July and had a general blowout in July,” said…

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Cardinal IG receives tax abatement approval

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Aug 23, 2018 FREMONT — Cardinal IG has received approval from the Fremont Town Council on a 10-year tax abatement for a $4.3 million project that will add 10 jobs to the 300 already at the facility. Mike Connell, plant manager for Cardinal IG, said the project, which is $4 million for building expansion and $300,000 for equipment, is required to get additional resource power for organic growth as well as to give the company a platform for additional,…

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Rezoning ordinance for apartments passes on final reading

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Jul 19, 2018 ANGOLA — Rezoning of an Angola property for apartments geared toward entrepreneurs and artists received its final approval from the Angola Common Council Monday. The property, 907 S. Wayne St., was originally zoned low-intensity industrial, traditional residential and medium general commercial. It was changed to planned unit development. This will allow Keller Development and Brightpoint to construct a 50-unit affordable housing…

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