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LaGrange Products pursues steady growth

FREMONT, Ind. (June 18, 2013) - The original founders, Ralph Blue, Lloyd Junker and Charles Sparks, brought LaGrange Products to Fremont, Indiana 50 years ago. Lynn Blue, President of LaGrange Products, Inc. has been with the company since then. It seems the small town and family owned business worked well together. The company has been before the Fremont Town Council seeking support for their growth each of the past three years, adding six new employees in 2011, another six in 2012 and…

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PakLab granted abatement for 2012 growth

ORLAND, IND. (May 14, 2013) - The Orland Town Council approved a waiver for Universal Packaging Systems, Inc. (DBA: PakLab), allowing the Chino, California based company to qualify for property tax abatement for investments made in 2012.  PakLab invested nearly $1.3 million in new packaging equipment for the Orland facility and added 40 new jobs in 2012.  The decision was made and equipment installed on a fast pace, to respond to customer demands.  “The Orland Town Council obviously…

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Agribusiness adds new facility in Steuben County

ORLAND, Ind. (April 9, 2013) – Lord’s Seed, LLC, an agricultural production company, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 16 new jobs by 2016.The Howe, Ind.-headquartered company will invest $13 million to construct and equip an 18,000 square-foot seed drying facility on its 10-acre campus located at 9900 W. Maple St. in Orland, bringing the company’s total footprint in the community to 45,000 square feet. The new facility, which will be operational by the…

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Chapman’s Brewing Company takes root in Angola

ANGOLA, Ind. (March 19, 2013) - The Angola City Council welcomed Chapman’s Brewing Company to town at its March 18th City Council meeting.  On a unanimous vote, the Council approved tax abatement on an estimated investment in real property improvements of $150,000 and new machinery and equipment of $400,000.  Chapman’s Brewing Company is a start-up enterprise with plans for ale cider production in Angola, with sales and distribution throughout North America. Scott Fergusson, Dean of…

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Koester Metals relocating headquarters to Fremont

FREMONT, Ind. (Feb. 27, 2013) - Koester Metals, Inc. (KMI), a manufacturer of sheet metal fabrications and enclosures, announced plans today to relocate its headquarters from Defiance, Ohio to here, creating up to 44 new jobs by 2018. "KMI is the latest company to look across the border and take notice of Indiana's business-friendly climate," said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Our fiscal stability, robust infrastructure and strong workforce…

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Developer acquires Fremont facility

FREMONT, Ind. (February 13, 2013) - Rupp Enterprises, based in Montpelier, Ohio, announced that they have acquired a vacant 170,000 sq. ft. facility in Fremont, Indiana from Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG).  Rupp Enterprises is a 20 year old, family owned business with over 2 million square feet of available and leased space in northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana.  Clients include international companies such as Kamco Industries of Japan/USA, San Luis Rassini of Mexico and Isofoton…

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Kain Tool announces Orland expansion plans

ORLAND, Ind. (February 12, 2013) - Kain Tool, Inc., located in Orland, Indiana announced plans to expand its building, add equipment and hire additional employees to meet growing demand for their workholding solutions.  The company was established by Rodney and Melody Kain in 1986 as a home-based, general machine shop.  Opportunities to design and build assembly line components precipitated relocation into a 10,000 sq. ft. building in the Orland Industrial Park in 2008.  Rodney’s sons,…

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Steuben County Job & Career Fair

ANGOLA, Ind. (January 22, 2013) - The Steuben Community Job/Career Fair  will take place on Thursday, January 24th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Steuben County Community Center at 317 South Wayne Street, Angola.  This is a  free event which will allow local companies the opportunity to reach out to the community, educate the public on they do, market open positions and talk with prospective employees in an effort to help meet current and/or future hiring needs. The community will also…

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Angola moves forward with investment fund

ANGOLA, Ind. (December 18, 2012) - The Angola City Council took the initial step in creating a fund that will support small business growth and new business start-up at its December 17th meeting.  The Council agreed to invest up to $1 million in a fund specifically designed to provide low-interest loans and investment capital to startup and small businesses.   Mayor Hickman and Council members Dave Martin and Kathy Armstrong presented the preliminary information to the City Council to…

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Dedication of new locomotive maintenance facility

HUDSON, Ind. (October 26, 2012) - Owners of the Indiana Northeastern Railroad, along with the Town of Hudson, Steuben County Commissioners and Steuben County Economic Development Corporation gathered today to dedicate the Railroad’s newly completed locomotive maintenance facility.  The $1.6 million facility was designed as a one-of-a-kind facility to serve the maintenance needs of the short line railroad headquartered in Hillsdale, Michigan.  Features of the building include three…

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