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SCEDC presents 2011 Excellence in Business Awards at SCIG luncheon

ANGOLA, Ind. (March 16, 2012) - The Steuben County Economic Development Corporation along with the Steuben County Industrial Guild recognized 11 businesses today during the 2011 Excellence in Business luncheon.  Manufacturers from across the county were recognized for their investment in Steuben County.  The success, growth and retention of these 11 companies resulted in nearly $13 million invested in equipment, 184 new jobs, 225 retained jobs and four vacant buildings now…

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Two new businesses coming to Fremont

FREMONT, Ind. (February 23, 2012) — For the first time in years, two new businesses are getting ready to open in Fremont on the main street at the same time, while a longtime anchor store closed. Fremont Town Manager Chris Snyder announced at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Fremont Town Council that Stroh’s Furniture, 106 W. Toledo St., closed after more than 50 years. The business was purchased by an Ohio couple, Jason and Kerry King, who plan to open another furniture store.

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Steuben County Guild getting back on track

ANGOLA, Ind. (February 23, 2012) — The Steuben County Industrial Guild is getting a spark. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Steuben County Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors appointed Jessica Christen to serve on the industrial guild’s board. Christen, an SCEDC employee, has been working with guild leaders on organizing events and restructuring the floundering group. It is re-establishing its corporate status with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office and its non-profit status…

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Vestil recieves top supplier award

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 13, 2012) — Vestil Manufacturing Corp., Angola, was named a 2011 Supplier of The Year at the recent Fastenal Employee Industrial & Construction Expo. Fastenal is one Vestil’s top customers. This is the second time Vestil has achieved the honor in the last three years. “Receiving the award was a testament to the hard work and dedication of all Vestil employees who made it possible,” said Vestil vice president Ken Schneider. Fastenal has over 3,000 suppliers who…

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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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