Companies honored with Invest Steuben awards

March 10th, 2017

By Mike Marturello | KPC News - The Herald Republican

Six plus one businesses were honored with Invest Steuben awards for their investments in the community during a presentation held during the first meeting of the year of the Steuben County Industrial Guild.

Six of the businesses were those that helped Angola/Steuben County receive a top rating from Site Selection Magazine for development in 2016. The one was honored for being the first entrepreneur to start operations in the business incubator in The Enterprise Center.

The six companies honored included Univertical, Eva-Lution and Ventra Angola, all of Angola; Miller Poultry, Orland; and Cold Heading and Cardinal IG, both of Fremont.

The six companies added 150 jobs with a total investment of nearly $34 million.

Also honored was Price Automation, a startup that is the first company to locate in The Enterprise Center incubator.

“It’s always a pleasure to recognize businesses that make a significant investment in our community,” said Isaac Lee, executive director of the Steuben County Economic Development Corp. and presenter of the awards.

The honorees, in order of presentation, were:

  • Eva-Lution, Angola, which helped turn a $50,000 loan from the Angola Investment Fund into a $2.5 million expansion.
  • Univertical, Angola, which expanded its chemical processing capacity and installed a second casting line and plating equipment. It was a $1.2 million expansion.
  • Cold Heading, Fremont, doubled its size to 148,000-square-feet and added 30 manufacturing jobs.
  • Cardinal IG, Fremont, which did a $2.3 million expansion and plans to add 38 new jobs by 2019.
  • Miller Poultry, Orland, which increased significantly, adding to its labor force that’s not more than 700 and has 52 new contract growers.
  • Ventra, Angola, which invested $8.1 million in its operation, increasing production by 70 percent and adding 88 new jobs.
  • Price Automation, Angola, which is an original equipment manufacturer of aquatic rehabilitation systems.

Lee said the companies will add some $36.9 million in payroll.

“We owe it all to you for the projects you have announced,” Lee said.

The meeting held at 6 Autumns, Angola, was sponsored by Freedom Academy.

Melissa Carpenter, Freedom Academy’s executive director, praised the employers for the commitment to the organization. She said more training is done in Steuben County, particularly at the Angola Training Center, than any other county served by Freedom Academy.

“Thank you, Steuben County, for being such a great supporter of Freedom Academy,” Carpenter said.

For 2017, the Industrial Guild will include the following officers and board: Kristie Trick, Freedom Academy, president; Gordon Cooper, vice president, Angola Area Chamber of Commerce; Shirley Renfrew, Cardinal IG, treasurer; Melissa Palmer, Koester Metals, secretary; and board members Jessica Christen, SCEDC; Dee Davis, Miller Poultry; Kevin Diehl, Miller Poultry; Sue Essman, city of Angola; John Freudenberger, Triton Metal Products; Ben Schafer, Indiana Physical Therapy; Anita Shepherd, Freedom Academy; Ken P. Wilson, JICI and Industrial Contracting & Engineering; and Scott Wilson, Ivy Tech.