Northeast Indiana Communities Listed in Site Selection Magazine’s Top-Performing Micropolitans

March 1st, 2021

Site Selection Magazine

Angola, Auburn and Warsaw Recognized Nationally

Projects. Proximity. Infrastructure. Broadband. That's what experts measure as they rank the country’s top micropolitans. In the list published in 2021, cities in three Northeast Indiana counties made Site Selection Magazine's annual list. Angola in Steuben County, Auburn in DeKalb County and Warsaw in Kosciusko County were named by Site Selection Magazine in its list of the top micropolitans in the country. Click here to read Site Selection Magazine’s list.

Micropolitans are defined as having a population between 10,000 and 49,999.

According to the article, "Auburn and DeKalb County are seeing investments that include projects from Paragon Steel and Steel Dynamics in Butler; Germany’s Continental AG and CX Institutional in Auburn; and, in Ashley, the first of several massive plastics recycling plants from California-based Brightmark, which broke ground on the plant in 2019. The company last July issued 'the largest ever solicitation for plastic waste' at 2.4 billion pounds. The company uses a pyrolysis process to convert plastics into fuels and chemical feedstocks that are sold to customers such as BP."

Citing a spike in the RV industry due to the pandemic, the article reports, "RV and commercial vehicle maker Forest River in August announced plans to create up to 369 new jobs by the end of 2023 by expanding its manufacturing footprint in DeKalb and LaGrange counties. In DeKalb, the company will invest $3.5 million to expand its 20-acre manufacturing campus in Butler, constructing and equipping a 63,000-sq.-ft. production facility and expanding its existing 30,000-sq.-ft. building. The new facilities will allow Forest River to enhance production of the XLR Toy Hauler — the company’s newest line of toy hauler travel trailers for camping and other uses. Forest River, which employs 9,500 Hoosiers across its 10 Indiana locations, plans to add 120 new jobs in Butler and 249 new jobs in LaGrange."

For more information about Site Selection Magazine or to see a full listing on the Top 100 micropolitans, visit the website here.

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