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Trine University dean big on business

ANGOLA, Ind. (December 8, 2011) — Scott Fergusson wants students at Trine University’s Ketner School of Business to have hands-on experience when the leave the classroom with their degrees. To that end, the dean of the school of business has developed what he calls the Trine Venture Fund that could eventually lead to the funding of ideas that could end up as new products or services. Fergusson, an entrepreneur himself who joined the Trine administration in August, was the guest…

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2010 Excellence in Business Award Recipients

(December 7, 2011) - Twelve Steuben County businesses were recognized at the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation’s 8th Annual Meeting on Wednesday night.  The Excellence in Business awards are presented to businesses in the county that have created or expanded operations.  This represents the 6th year the awards have been handed out. Recognized for their investment and growth in 2010 are: Dollar General (New store construction in 2010 – directly next door to that other…

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Hudson industrial park certified as shovel ready

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 21, 2011) - Hudson has one of 13 sites across Indiana that earned the title of "shovel ready," paving the way for businesses to quickly locate new operations on property ready for development. The 13 new sites in 13 counties join the list of 80 other shovel ready sites identified by the state since 2006 that have undergone extensive title work, proof of ownership, legal and environmental review and qualify for expedited permitting with state regulatory…

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Insulation product manufacturer to locate in Steuben County

ORLAND, IN (Sept. 21, 2011) - CTA Acoustics, Inc. an industry leader in the development and production of lighter weight, highly effective acoustic and thermal materials for the transportation industry has chosen the Town of Orland, Indiana for a new manufacturing facility. The company, headquartered in Madison Heights Michigan, has leased a 93,000 sq. ft. vacant manufacturing facility in Orland, and plans to employ 140 people by the year 2014.  CTA expects to acquire and install the…

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Solar Business Owner is NEI Sustainable Living Fair Founder

HAMILTON, Ind. (September 28, 2011) — Solar energy isn’t new but Thom Blake is making it feasible by marketing solar tubes and operating systems through a new warehouse and education center at 7967 S. Wayne St., Hamilton. Solar Usage Now, Thom Blake’s company in the Town of Hamilton, was named after a now-defunct product line in a catalog from the late 1970s. “That was the hey day of solar,” said Blake, from his Hamilton office. “A lot of these things in this book were ahead of their…

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iMAN Receives Grant Pledges

ANGOLA, Ind. (August 17, 2011) — Indiana Metropolitan Area Network has received a couple of grants to help with the cost of building its community-wide fiber optic network. Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has pledged a $25,000 grant to help in the next phase of expansion of the project. “This region of our service area has a strong economic development strategic plan and great potential for continued opportunity; it just makes sense that we support the fiber optic technology…

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Startup support program off to a Quick Start for Entrepreneurs

(August 28, 2011) By Barry Rochford barryr@kpcnews.net Beginning in September, some northeast Indiana entrepreneurs could receive assistance through a program called Quick Start that will precede an even larger startup support effort to be rolled out next year. JumpStart Inc., a Cleveland-based nonprofit, has been working for the past year on creating entrepreneurial action plans across northern Indiana. The organization, which helps entrepreneurs with their business plans, invests in…

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Solar Company Expanding in Steuben County

HAMILTON, Ind. (July 21, 2011) – Solar Usage Now announced it is expanding its operations in the town of Hamilton in Steuben County. The company will invest $620,000. in addition, will create 35 new jobs over a three-year period.       Solar Usage Now is a designer, assembler and distributor of solar thermal hot water and space heating systems. The company will be moving its operations from nearby Harlan, Ind., where it is co-located with its parent company, Our Country Home…

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Environmental friends

FREMONT, Ind. (May 10, 2011) - Metaldyne of Fremont was inducted into the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Environmental Stewardship Program Thursday. Metaldyne was inducted by IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly in a special ceremony attended by pictured employees. A manufacturer of automobile accessories, Metaldyne received the award for replacing light fixtures in the facility with T8 fluorescent fixtures, that will result in a reduction of 446,343 kilowatts used.…

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Steffy Wood Products to add 38 jobs

ANGOLA, Ind. (July 20, 2010) - Angola and Steuben County economic development officials announced 38 new jobs for the community and a building expansion Monday night. Steffy Wood Products is expanding its operation by 20,000 square feet and will add up to 38 jobs. The council approved tax abatements for the company. Steffy Wood Products, a manufacturer of early childhood wood furniture for schools and daycares, will invest more than $2.3 million to add 20,000 square feet of additional…

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