BOLSTERING BUSINESS: EDC recounts recent success stories

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County has celebrated several economic advances in recent months.Kerr Real Estate, a Michigan-based developer, announced in January that Dunham’s Sports would soon occupy part of the former Scott’s grocery store building in Columbia City.Steel Dynamics, Inc. made plans in December to add new rail production capabilities creating approximately 40 new jobs.Most recently, 80/20, Inc., Columbia City, was awarded a $6.8 million tax abatement paving the way for its sixth expansion. The business is working on a proposed plan that includes 31,000 square foot addition to its facility and will add additional jobs to its workforce.These success stories were all feathers in the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation’s cap. Alan Tio, president of the EDC, recently visited South Whitley where he shared with town council members what the future holds for the county.To read the rest of this story, see the April 10 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.