The Economic Development Perspective

Marshall County Economic
Development Corporation
Marshall County is home to over 120 manufacturers, 9 U.S. headquarters, and 7 international companies. MCEDC wants to give you the chance to get an inside look at some of them. That's why we are launching a new feature: "Get to Know Marshall County Businesses." In each newsletter, we will profile a local business so you can learn more about some of the unique manufacturers found here in Marshall County. Enjoy!
Get to Know Marshall County Businesses - Nisco

Nishikawa Cooper LLC (Nisco) is a joint venture between Nishikawa Rubber Company of Hiroshima, Japan and Cooper Standard Automotive of Novi, Michigan. Nisco is an advanced manufacturer that has been in Bremen since 1989, employing 425 workers, and manufacturing weather-stripping sealing systems for the automotive industry. Nisco customers include Honda, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Belletech, Nissan, and Subaru. According to Leah Oden, Nisco Assistant Plant Manager, "One of our advantages with Marshall County is the location...Marshall County is a great place to live and raise a family."
 
Nisco's automation and robotics are top of the line and set this facility apart from other manufacturers at the local and international level. "Even our parent companies in Novi, Michigan and Hiroshima, Japan indicate Nisco leads the way in this arena," says Oden. Nisco's Door Hole Seal division, located in the Bremen facility, is the only operation of its kind in the world. The automation processes here allow employees to make their parts the exact same way every time, ensuring efficiency and the production of quality parts.
 
Nisco is a valued part of the Bremen and Marshall County communities, and the company hopes to remain here for many years to come. Nisco gives back to the community as contributor for the Marshall County United Way and supporter of local sports teams, robotics teams, the Bremen Chamber of Commerce, and several community events. Oden concludes, "Nisco has been working on many employee engagement initiatives over the last couple years, and we are excited with the positive transformation we have experienced. We encourage you to contact us, and come see for yourselves!" 
Stellar to Transform Culver

In 2016, the Town of Culver was recognized for their planning efforts as a finalist in the Stellar Communities Designation Program. Culver narrowly missed earning designation, which pushed them to develop an even better application for 2017. Now after two years of hard work, the Town of Culver has been designated a Stellar Community. Stellar will give Culver access to state resources and funding that will support the projects in their Stellar Improvement Plan. These include the Sand Hill Farm housing development, the Lake Maxinkuckee Walking and Biking Trail, the Culver Beach Lodge, and more.
 
One of the ways Culver was able to earn designation this year was by building partnerships and focusing on projects supported by the entire community. For example, the Sand Hill Farm development was part of the town's comprehensive plan and has been championed by the town's largest employers: Culver Academies, Elkay Wood Products, and Culver Public Schools-all of whom have requested more housing options for their employees. Thanks to everyone involved in making Culver a Stellar Town Year Round. 
Bremen Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Marshall County employers have asked for more opportunities to engage with local schools and students. This message has resonated throughout the county with over 250 Bremen High School students taking part in Manufacturing Day this year. This program is a national event in which manufacturers open their doors to showcase their businesses and foster interest in manufacturing careers. On October 11th, Bremen High School juniors and seniors toured Nisco, Southwire, Bremen Castings, Digger Specialties, Head Sight, and Indiana Carton. Thank you to these businesses for participating and encouraging students to explore manufacturing careers.
Plymouth Manufacturing Day Expands to Freshmen

Bremen is not the only community that has taken part in this initiative. On November 15th, over 170 Plymouth High School freshmen toured Hoosier Tire, WestRock, Pretzels Inc., Pregis, CTE Solutions, Homestead Dairy, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Kessler Crane. The number of participating businesses has grown from last year to give students more choices and better reflect the variety of opportunities they have to work in Plymouth. This year, the event was targeted at younger students in order to get them thinking about career paths early. Thank you to all participating businesses for making this day possible. 
Made in Marshall County

Solving workforce development issues involves a myriad of strategies, one of which is connecting with future workers and familiarizing them with potential career paths. That is why businesses and schools recently came together for the 2nd annual "Made in Marshall County" event. Due to past success, this year's Made in Marshall County was expanded to take place over two days and include 800 students and 20 businesses from across Marshall County. On November 7th, participating businesses connected with students about their products, work place, and career paths. The following day served as a job fair for businesses to discuss job openings and internships with high school seniors. This event is part of MCEDC's Workforce Development Program, and will aid in our long-range goal of building the future workforce.
Regional Cities RDA Update

The majority of the $42 million in Regional Cities funding has been allocated to projects throughout the North Central Indiana region. Now the Regional Development Authority (RDA) is looking forward and developing new strategies to improve quality of place in our area. To make northern Indiana a better place, the RDA is focusing on five pillars of growth: attracting and growing successful businesses, educating a world-class workforce, helping innovation and entrepreneurship, recruiting and retaining talent, and helping minority and diverse businesses to grow. These goals demonstrate our region's willingness to come together and form a long-term plan for our communities.
US Hwy 30 Coalition Update
 
Earlier this year, the US Hwy 30 Coalition began organizing efforts across seven counties to upgrade US Hwy 30 into a freeway from Valparaiso to the Ohio state line. This upgrade will be necessary as projections estimate a 30% increase in truck traffic on US Hwy 30 in the coming years. One of the goals of this coalition is to create plans at both the local and regional levels. Each county has been developing their own transportation plan for US Hwy 30, and Marshall County is focused on improving safety and economic development.
Progress across Marshall County

Argos Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Center
The Town of Argos is now one step closer to constructing its manufacturing center. From the planning process to its financing model, this project is a unique economic development strategy aimed at attracting new businesses. The Argos Manufacturing Center is being built within Argos's 75 acre Shovel Ready certified park and will be 50,000 square feet, expandable to up to 300,000 square feet. The project was officially awarded $400,000 in Regional Cities Initiative funding this summer and broke ground November 7th.
 
The new Argos Manufacturing Center will be developed by MCEDC, which is a truly unique partnership. It is also poised to quickly attract a new business due to below market rate pricing. Many groups came together to make this project a success including the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), RDA, Lake City Bank, NIPSCO, IMPA, and Norfolk Southern. The approximately $2.3 million capital expenditure is expected to be completed in early 2018.
 
Bourbon Comprehensive Plan Approved
Recognizing the impact of creating a document to establish priorities for future growth, the Bourbon Town Council recently adopted a new comprehensive plan. Over the past year, the Town of Bourbon has come together and worked to develop the "Envision Bourbon 2030 Comprehensive Plan." The plan was officially adopted at a Town Council meeting on October 10th, enabling Bourbon to begin implementing the goals outlined within it. Thank you to MACOG and all of the volunteer members of the Bourbon Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for your work in creating this plan. Congratulations to Bourbon for taking the initiative to plan your future growth.
 
Bourbon Launches Food Truck Fridays
Enhancing quality of life is one of the core values in Bourbon's newly established comprehensive plan. Now, the town is putting the plan to use by improving quality of life through events that draw residents together. Food Truck Friday was launched this summer by the Bourbon Community Initiative, a group of resident volunteers. Held in downtown Bourbon, it features food, music, local vendors, and activities for all ages. The event is aimed at encouraging downtown business and recreational activity, and turnout has improved each of the three times it was held this summer. Food Truck Friday will resume next spring, and the group is hoping to build off of it by organizing additional events throughout the year.
 
Bremen Promotes Placemaking through Hometown Collaboration Initiative
The Town of Bremen has demonstrated its commitment to growth by reaching an important milestone as part of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI). The state-wide program aims to help small communities grow by developing a keystone project. Over the past few months, Bremen has sought feedback through a community survey with nearly 1,000 respondents and a community forum with approximately 100 attendees. After collecting and analyzing this information, the town's HCI project will be placemaking and improving quality of place. Bremen's next step in the process is creating a plan to address this issue.
 
Culver Breaks Ground on Stellar Project
Improving housing options is one of Culver's top goals in growing their community, and was a central component in their Stellar application. Now the town has hit a major milestone by breaking ground on the Sand Hill Farm Housing development on November 8th. Located just west of downtown Culver, Sand Hill Farm will have a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments totaling 24 units. This fall, the town approved a tax abatement for the development, making it the first residential abatement in Marshall County. Sand Hill Farm was also recently awarded Regional Cities funding, and is one of the first Stellar projects to break ground.
 
This new housing development will include 24 apartments to meet the needs of Culver's growing workforce and improve quality of life. Culver's largest employers -- Elkay Wood Products, Culver Public Schools, and Culver Academies -- have specifically requested more year-round rental units for their workers and have supported this development. Sand Hill Farm has been made possible thanks to many groups including the IEDC, RDA, developer Kevin Berger, the Town of Culver, Culver Redevelopment Commission, MCEDC, and Lake City Bank.
 
Plymouth Pretzels Plant Celebrates Grand Opening
Just a year after purchasing a new building, snack producer, Pretzels, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its Plymouth facility at a ribbon cutting with state and local dignitaries in attendance. The building was developed by the community to attract manufacturers looking for an existing facility, while allowing for quick customization to meet specialized business needs. The Plymouth plant became operational and began shipping products to customers in April 2017, just five months after construction began. Today, the Plymouth Pretzels facility employs over 40 full-time workers, with plans to create 65 total jobs by 2020. Pretzels will also hold an open house for the community in spring 2018. 
Invest in Marshall County
 
The Marshall County EDC would like to say thank you for your commitment in supporting the "Invest in Marshall County" campaign. The private/public partnership was launched in 2015 to increase private sector support for economic development.
 
New investors pledging funds to the campaign or partnering with MCEDC include:
  • Schoberg & Schoberg, Inc.
Returning investors include:
  • Saint Joseph Health System
  • Plymouth Redevelopment Commission
  • First Federal Savings Bank
  • Meridian Title Corporation
  • Hughes Insurance Group
  • Pretzels, Inc.
Thank you, together we will strengthen and grow Marshall County's economy.
MCEDC | mail@marshallcountyedc.org | 574-935-8499 | www.marshallcountyedc.org
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