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Brightmark Energy breaks ground on innovative waste-to-fuel plant

KPC News Service May 23, 2019 ASHLEY — Brightmark Energy, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, broke ground Wednesday on the nation’s first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley. A total of 136 full-time manufacturing jobs will be created when all phases of the 112,000-square-foot facility are operational. Initially the plant will start off with 70 employees when it starts operations late in 2020. The plant will use a state-of-the-art…

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Wyndham Hotel opens its doors to a full house in Angola

By Mike Marturello mmarturello@kpcmedia.com May 22, 2019 ANGOLA — Steuben County’s newest hotel, Wingate by Wyndham, opened its doors to a good 200 or so guests Tuesday before opening its doors to its actual guests — bookings of actual hotel guests — who were to arrive later in the day. It was also the first project to be built in the new Angola Innovation Park, a public-private partnership between the city of Angola; the company Angola First, which is owned by Jim Ingledue, Wayne…

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Trine adds Lego robotics camps

KPC News Service May 14, 2019 ANGOLA — Due to increased demand for its Lego robotics camps, Trine University has added camps at locations in Albion, Garrett and Bryan, Ohio. That means the university will be offering the camps at eight different venues in three states this year. “With the growing demand at the elementary and secondary school level for opportunities to build STEM skills, Trine University and Trine Innovation 1 have seen a huge increase in demand for LEGO robotics…

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Grant reduces fee for welding, armoring class

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Apr 26, 2019 ANGOLA — The cost of an artisan armoring and welding class offered at The Enterprise Center through Freedom Academy has been reduced thanks in part to an anonymous grant donor. The class, which begins May 21, was originally $945 per student with all necessary materials being provided. The grant and other collaboration has reduced the price to $485 per student, said Anita Shepherd, Freedom Academy’s director of operations and client…

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Baril Coatings receives BZA variance

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Apr 24, 2019 ANGOLA — Baril Coatings received approval Monday from the Angola Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance needed to construct an industrial warehouse and truck dock on its current building. The variance is for the minimum side yard setback at the property at 401 Growth Parkway. Development standards require 20 feet for primary and accessory structures. The area is zoned moderate intensity industrial, I2. Baril’s request is for 16 feet,…

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Triton plans $9.6 million expansion

By Doug LeDuc dleduc@kpcmedia.com Apr 20, 2019 HAMILTON — Triton Metal Products plans to start construction this month on a $1.5 million expansion of its Hamilton plant that will increase its space a little more than 20%. In addition to 20,000 more square feet, the 93,000-square-foot facility will get $8.1 million in new equipment to increase its production capacity and position it for business growth, which is expected to increase the size of its workforce more than 10%. The new…

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Angola nominated for Best Historic Downtowns

By Ashlee Hoos ahoos@kpcmedia.com Apr 17, 2019 ANGOLA — Angola was nominated for Best Historic Small Towns for USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. Angola Mayor Richard Hickman said while nobody seems to know who nominated Angola, it’s an honor to be nominated and to be on the list. Speculation, he said, is that perhaps Deb Fallows, who recently visited Angola as part of the “Our Towns” book tour, was responsible for the nomination. She is listed as one of the experts…

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Steuben County honored with statewide trails award

By Mike Marturello mmarturello@kpcmedia.com CARMEL — The Greenways Foundation of Indiana recognized Steuben County with its Outstanding Local Government award for 2019 at its annual luncheon at the Ritz Charles. Indiana Greenways Awards are presented to individuals, organizations, communities, corporations and projects that have exhibited outstanding excellence in advancing greenways or multi-use trail development in Indiana.” Steuben County was nominated for the award by Fort Wayne…

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Angola, Steuben County get Community Crossings funds

By Amy Oberlin aoberlin@kpcmedia.com Mar 27, 2019 ANGOLA — Community Crossings funds will augment road construction this spring. Steuben County received the almost $1 million it applied for and Angola was awarded $539,851.69. With the $999,903 that will be provided by Community Crossings, administered by the Indiana Department of Transportation, Steuben County will take on 11 projects, the largest of which is repaving Metz Road from U.S. 20 to the Ohio state line. That project is…

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Local jobless rates better or steady

KPC News Service Mar 26, 2019 After sharp increases in January, unemployment rates for northeast Indiana counties improved or held steady in February, a state report said Monday. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development issued its February jobs report. Following one month in third place for the area, LaGrange County returned to its usual status with the region’s lowest unemployment rate of 3.3 percent, improved from 3.7 percent in January. LaGrange County added 135 jobs for…

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