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Whitley County Planning New Shell Building

January 6th, 2015

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January 6, 2015

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Developer 30 Spec Realty, LLC today announced plans to construct a 16,000 SF expandable shell building in “shovel ready” certified Park 30 Business Center in Whitley County.

The shell building will be located on a 2.36 acre lot on Progress Court in Park 30 Business Center. The Carey Group has been selected as the design builder for the project. BND Commercial will represent the facility. Site work for the project is now underway and the shell building will be available for lease or sale during the second quarter of 2015.

“This project represents an important tool in our EDC Toolbox to support growth oriented companies locating in Whitley County,” said Whitley County EDC President Alan Tio, “We will work with regional and state economic development partners to market this facility to companies in our regional target industries.”

Park 30 Business Center is a “Class A” industrial park developed by Customer Choice Services Corporation (CCSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corporation. Situated along US Highway 30, Park 30 is "shovel ready” certified by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Progress Court was developed in 2009 by CCSC and the Whitley County Redevelopment Commission to establish 2+ acre lots for startup and supplier companies in target industries such as medical device.

“While working alongside with the Whitley County EDC we surveyed the inventory of available facilities in the county and found a lack of mid-sized industrial buildings. Our team knew there was a need to develop an Industrial Spec Building in Park 30 Business Center that was designed to expand and meet the growing demands of the owner,” said 30 Spec Realty LLC member, Troy Wilcoxson.

“The 30 Spec Realty LLC project represents the fourth shell building to be developed at Park 30 Business Center since its inception in 1996. Rail Connect Business Park, located on 600 E near US30, has a 70,000 SF expandable shell building available for lease or sale, by developer Whitley RC Investments LLC.

Whitley County Council today approved 10-year tax abatement on the shell building at the request of the Whitley County EDC. The Whitley County Redevelopment Commission is also participating in holding costs associated with the project.

“This project continues the Whitley County Redevelopment Commission’s 20+ year track record of working proactively to support industrial development in our community,” said Chairman Jim Argerbright, “We are actively working on a number of projects in the US 30 corridor to encourage new investment and job creation.”

Companies already located in Park 30 Business Center consist of 80/20, Inc., Autoliv, Breyden Products, Five Star Distributing, Imaging Office Systems, Inc., Iotron Industries USA, Inc., Northeastern REMC, Pyrotek, Qualitex, Ultra Electronics–USSI and Warner Electric.

“In today’s highly competitive market, having the right product for business development clients is more critical than ever,” said John Sampson, President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “One of the biggest challenges that our communities face is having ready product; buildings and sites, development ready, that meet the current demands of businesses ready to grow and locate in Northeast Indiana. We commend Whitley County for tackling this challenge head on.”

The 30 Spec Realty LLC project represents the fourth shell building to be developed at Park 30 Business Center since its inception in 1996. Rail Connect Business Park, located on 600 East near US Hwy 30, has a 70,000 SF expandable shell building available for lease or sale by developer Whitley RC Investments, LLC.

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clientsgrowth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.

Source: Whitley County Economic Development Corporation

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