SBA Designates Indiana for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated Indiana as eligible for loans due to economic injury from COVID-19. You can find more information and details on how to apply here. Find a printable handout here. For assistance in East Central Indiana contact Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) business adviser, Scott Underwood at 765-686-1041.

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DAK Americas Plans Expansion at Richmond Facility Creating 30 New Jobs

DAK Americas LLC, an Alpek Polyester Business, will expand its Richmond facility located at 1561 NW 11th Street. The PET recycling company plans to invest $32 million and hire 30 new full-time employees with an average wage of $20.89 by the end of 2021. The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County will provide an […]

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Holland Colours Americas Expands Adding 20 Jobs

Holland Colours Americas, Inc., a producer of colorants for the plastics industry, will expand operations at its Richmond facility by adding a new product line. The company, located at 1501 Progress Drive, plans to invest $1.66 million and create 20 new full-time jobs. Joe Bauer, President – Americas Division, explains, “This investment will significantly increase […]

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SmithFoods Richmond Plans to Invest $9 Million and Create 34 New Jobs by 2022

SmithFoods Richmond Inc., a division of SmithFoods Inc., has plans to expand by adding a new production line to increase the plant’s capacity to produce dairy and non-dairy products with extended shelf life. Plans at the facility, located at 1590 NW11th Street, include an investment of $9 million and creation of 34 new, full-time jobs […]

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2018 Wage and Benefit Survey Results Released

Employers from the 10 counties of the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership participated in a wage and benefit survey to provide timely data specific to the region. The results are based on confidential, employer-provided information which was used to calculate wages for partnership counties. We want to thank the companies who participated in this survey […]

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Blue Buffalo Opens Richmond, Indiana Natural Pet Food Plant

$200M state-of-the-art facility brings skilled jobs; expanded manufacturing capacity Blue Buffalo, the nation’s largest natural pet food brand, announced today the opening of its newest manufacturing plant, a $200 million facility in Richmond, Indiana. Part of the General Mills family of brands, Blue Buffalo products are made with natural ingredients and specifically formulated to provide […]

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EDC of Wayne County Hosts Annual Meeting

The EDC of Wayne County celebrated its annual meeting on Monday, May 13th. The organization recapped 2018 as well as highlighted initiatives for 2019. 2018 marked the 25th anniversary for the organization which was showcased in photos on the annual report cover spanning over two decades of economic progress. The EDC worked with five companies […]

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Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County is New Owner of Former Elder-Beerman Property

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County is the new owner of the former Elder-Beerman building following an accepted offer of $300,000 to purchase the property. Funding will come from Wayne County’s Consolidated Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) Fund. With the purchase, the 103,000 square foot building, located at 601 East Main Street, was […]

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Israeli Auto Supplier Plans to Triple Hoosier Workforce in Wayne County

RICHMOND, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2018) – Omen USA, a manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry, announced plans today to expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond, creating up to 200 new jobs by 2022. “Indiana is home to a global economy, with foreign-owned businesses like Omen USA that support more than 193,000 quality jobs for […]

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