Innovation

The Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend, Indiana is helping for-profit and non-profit organizations develop Innovation as a core competency.  Named in honor of Indiana entrepreneur, innovation pioneer and visionary businessman Richard J. Pfeil, the Center opened March 2011.  To date, more than 1,000+ enthusiastic thinkers from over 100 future-minded organizations are inspired to innovate daily after attending one of the Center’s two-day Innovation Leadership Immersions.

Beacon Health System, Pfeil Innovation Center’s champion of innovation in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan, believes in

  • innovation as a core value,
  • innovation as a driver of growth and prosperity, and
  • innovation as a teachable trait that can benefit any organization, anywhere.

Leaders, individual disruptors of mediocrity, and dedicated teams are invited to join the innovation in-crowd and register today for an upcoming Innovation Leadership Immersion session, click here for the details, wakeupandsmelltheinnovation.com.

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Elkhart County Ranked Top 100 Leading Locations in U.S.

“Leading Locations 2015” study clearly reflects the strength of Elkhart County (Elkhart-Goshen MSA) as a place to do business.

Elkhart County Rankings

  • Top 100 Leading Locations in the U.S. – #51
  • #1 for Economic Strength among mid-size areas
  • #8 Year-over-Year Growth, mid-size areas
  • #6 “Recession-busting” attributes

Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities/MSAs are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development.

The four key categories used in determining rankings for 2015 listed below are all critical factors for business leaders to assess when considering a location or expansion.

  • Prime Work Force
  • Economic Strength
  • Year-over-Year Growth
  • “Recession-Busting” Attributes

Every employer wants ready, well-qualified workers who are motivated, skilled, and require little training.

There are also big benefits in locating in communities with track records of economic growth. These cities/MSAs understand how business works and have the leadership, vision, and creativity to nurture sustainable economic development year after year — and not just in good economic times.

Perhaps what is most telling about a city or community is how it handled a bust cycle, or a recession — how did it get through? How did it still create business investment? How did it create jobs? How did it keep looking forward and creating positive results?

Click for link to full report at www.AreaDevelopment.com.

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Monogram Foods, North Central Indiana Company to Add New Jobs

Elkhart County, Ind. (June 26, 2015) – Two companies today announced plans to expand their operations and create 120 new jobs in Elkhart County.

“Indiana is a Midwest leader in job creation because companies like Monogram Foods and ACC Climate Control are confident in our state and in our workforce,” said Governor Mike Pence. “By building one of the nation’s top business climates, companies are moving forward with their plans to expand and create new jobs, making Indiana a state that works.”

Monogram Foods, a Memphis, Tennessee-based manufacturer and marketer of value-added meats including hot dogs, corn dogs, precooked bacon and smoked sausages, will invest $13 million to renovate and equip its 104,000-square-foot facility in Bristol, where it processes and packages corn dogs that are sold nationally.

“Monogram Foods’ decision to expand their production facilities here in Bristol will be an asset to our community. The Bristol Town Council strives to work with our business community to aid in their success. With the proximity to Interstate 80/90 and the railroad, Bristol and Elkhart County have the ability and locations to avail new and existing companies to prosper. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Monogram Foods,” said Cathy Burke, president of the Bristol Town Council.

Processing corn dogs primarily under store brands, the company plans to add a production line in Bristol, which will produce mini corn dogs. Along with additional equipment and facility efficiency enhancements, the company anticipates converting office space to production space. With construction already underway, Monogram Foods has already begun hiring, with plans to create up to 75 new jobs by 2018 to grow its current workforce of more than 200 Hoosiers. Interested applicants may apply at www.monogramfoods.com/careers.

“We are so proud of the Bristol workforce. All of the team members exhibit a consistently strong work ethic and dedication to food safety and quality products,” said Karl Schledwitz, chief executive officer of Monogram Foods.

About Monogram Foods

Since its formation a decade ago through the purchase of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corporation, Memphis, Tennessee-based Monogram Foods has grown from six associates and two regional smoked meat brands to five BRC-A rated manufacturing plants in five states powered by over 1,400 dedicated team members shipping top quality food products to points of distribution all over North America. Today, Monogram Foods manufactures and distributes brands that include Wild Bill’s, O’Brien’s, Trail’s Best, Hannah’s, Bull’s and licensed brands Bass Pro Shop’s Uncle Buck’s, Johnsonville and Butterball. Monogram Foods also produces a wide variety of private-label brand meat snacks, smoked meats, corndogs and pre-cooked bacon for strategic partners throughout the nation.

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North Central Indiana: ACC Climate Control to Add New Jobs

Elkhart County, Ind. (June 26, 2015) – Two companies today announced plans to expand their operations and create 120 new jobs in Elkhart County.

“Indiana is a Midwest leader in job creation because companies like ACC Climate Control and Monogram Foods are confident in our state and in our workforce,” said Governor Mike Pence. “By building one of the nation’s top business climates, companies are moving forward with their plans to expand and create new jobs, making Indiana a state that works.”

ACC Climate Control, which designs, manufactures and installs custom mobile air conditioning and heating systems for specialty vehicles, will invest $9.95 million to construct and equip a new 135,000-square-foot facility at 22150 Challenger Drive in Elkhart.

“The investment and job creation ACC Climate Control is making in Elkhart County speaks volumes about our county’s competitive resources for companies in the automotive sector. It gives us a great sense of pride to know that the products made right here in Elkhart County will equip automotive and specialty vehicles throughout the United States. We look forward to the company’s continued success here in Elkhart County and around the county,” said David Foutz, Elkhart County councilman.

The new building, which will house a metal fabrication plant, production assembly, a test laboratory as well as offices, will increase the company’s space to meet demands for future growth in the small and transit/coach bus market. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“The new facility allows us to double production and warehouse space. Currently, Spheros North America imports transit bus air conditioning systems from various manufacturing plants around the world. Now they will be manufactured in the United States, reducing time to market and placing Spheros in a very competitive position in the bus industry,” said Casey Cummings, chief executive officer of ACC Climate Control.

Founded in 1948 and acquired by Spheros in January 2015, ACC Climate Control currently employs 110 Hoosiers and plans to create up to 45 new jobs by 2018. The company will hire production and engineering positions as needed. Interested applicants can learn more at www.accclimatecontrol.com.

About ACC Climate Control

ACC Climate Control, which produces bus air conditioning and specialty vehicle climate control products, was founded in 1948 and acquired by Spheros in January 2015. As a division of the international Spheros Group, we are a global trendsetter in the design and manufacturing of economical, eco-friendly and reliable heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for buses. Spheros’ worldwide headquarters is in Gilching near Munich, Germany, and guarantees customer proximity and service with 17 sites around the world, making Spheros the world market leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for all types of buses.

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Third Time is a Charm

Elkhart County announces a third Shovel Ready Site!

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is joined by Henry DeJulia, Syracuse Town Manager to designate the Syracuse Technology Park an Indiana Shovel Ready site.  The Town of Syracuse, Elkhart Chamber and the EDC of Elkhart County worked in partnership to create a new Technology Park.

Syracuse Technology Park, www.syracuse6and13.com, marks the spot of your next project.  62 acres at the corner of US 6 and SR 13 ready for development.  Technology requires speed and the Town of Syracuse speeds up the timeline for building your next facility.  Contact Henry at hdejulia@syracusein.org or 574-457-3348.

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BREAKING BARRIERS

Elected officials countywide are discussing Best Practices with experts in economic development from across the country.  The EDC, in partnership with sponsors, is embracing change and diversification.  Each community has selected their representatives to respond to infrastructure and incentive packages for new company growth and expansion.  Takeaways…Speed, Remove Risk, Help Companies Save Money.

Thank you: Ancon Construction, 1st Source Bank, Indiana Michigan Power and NIPSCO.

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Mishawaka Sheet Metal: Investing in Elkhart County

Mishawaka Sheet Metal, a distributor and fabricator of aluminum, steel and sheet metal products, is investing $1.5 million to equip its approximately 75,000 square-foot Elkhart facility. Experiencing increased demand from area RV, cargo trailer, horse trailer and shuttle bus manufacturers, the company is currently installing an additional laser cutting machine and a cut-to-length line to increase production.

“Given our commitment to the local industries and strategic location, we felt it was important to continue to work close with our business partners by keeping our operations located in northern Indiana,” said Jeff Troyer, president and chief executive officer of Mishawaka Sheet Metal.

Founded in 1991, Mishawaka Sheet Metal currently employs 60 people. The company plans to create up to 20 new jobs by 2018 and has already begun hiring production technicians and metal fabrication equipment operators.

“This is excellent news for Mishawaka Sheet Metal – another successful Elkhart County company is seizing business opportunities, investing in equipment and providing new jobs for the citizens of the community!” said Randy Yohn, Elkhart County Councilman.

Interested applicants may apply at the Elkhart WorkOne office or online at www.IndianaCareerConnect.com.

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