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Mayor Ted Ellis announced a plan Friday to combine two potential community projects: The $1 million downtown plaza and a $1 million Interurban Trail extension from Monroe Street to Jackson Street. The proposal was announced at the end of his annual State of the City address during the Wells CountyRead more
The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works today unveiled a free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program that will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations. The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerousRead more
Roembke Manufacturing and Design and Design Facts Inc. of Fort Wayne have consolidated their manufacturing companies under one roof in the Roembke building. While Roembke will retain its name, Design Facts is becoming DF Automation. “Roger and Andy (Felton) ran Design Facts and they were a greatRead more
People have replaced businesses as the recruitment target for economic development. Unemployment in Wells County is at or below 4 percent — the level considered by many economists to be “functional full employment.” Chad Kline, Wells County’s economic development director, says the emphasis is nowRead more
Noble and Whitley counties and Adams and Wells counties formed training and outreach initiatives as a way to connect capable residents to the manufacturing world. Noble and Whitley counties’ economic development corporations are offering incumbent worker and entry-level position training programsRead more
Bluffton High School received a 4-Star School designation by the Indiana Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must haveRead more
Commerce in Wells County is not expected to be “business as usual” before the year’s end because it will likely be better than usual. Eight new businesses opened this year in Wells. A total of eight businesses opened in 2015 but community leaders believe more businesses are likely to open beforeRead more
Haldrup’s USA team in Ossian currently is comprised of seven individuals but the German-based ag specialist hopes to grow to 65 employees in the future. A shovel-ready site in Ossian was not where a German field research manufacturer expected to find a prime opportunity to grow its internationalRead more
A Manchester University study will examine ways to invest in and increase tourism in Wells County. The study, announced Tuesday, will include undergraduate researchers who will collect data on a variety of topics over the next few weeks. Results of the project will be made public, local officialsRead more
Alexin LLC, an aluminum extrusion billet and rolling ingot cast house, announced this week the ISO/TS 16949 certification for their Bluffton casting plant. ISO/TS 16949 is an internationally recognized Quality Management System specification for the automotive industry. This certification validatesRead more