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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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Automotive parts supplier expanding in Steuben County

ANGOLA, Ind. (Sept. 17, 2012) - Autoform Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. (ATM) announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 95 new jobs by 2016. The home-grown Hoosier company, which currently operates in nearby Fremont, Ind., plans to expand its current operations and workforce to Angola, investing approximately $10 million to purchase, renovate and equip facilities at 1501 Wohlert St. The 10-acre Angola campus, which includes two buildings offering a combined…

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LaGrange Products celebrates 50 years

FREMONT, Ind. (August 10, 2012) — LaGrange Products Inc. will be requesting a tax abatement from the Fremont Redevelopment Commission. The request will be made at Tuesday’s meeting, which will take place at 10 a.m. at the Fremont Town Hall, 205 N. Tolford St. Fremont Town Manager Chris Snyder said the company, 607 S. Wayne St., is making the request to acquire more manufacturing equipment to stay competitive in its market. LaGrange Products, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary,…

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Process improvements lead to growth for IMP

ANGOLA, Ind. (June 11, 2012) – Indiana Marine Products has been manufacturing components for the recreational vehicle industry for nearly three decades.  The last thing Mike Peters saw himself doing when he and his venture capital partners acquired the company in 2003 was taking over day-to-day operations.  Yet after spending several months at the facility in Angola, Mike and his partners were faced with a decision – divest of the asset, which may have included shuttering the doors or…

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