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  • stellar pdf Delphi Stellar Project Background Information 

    Delphi, Ind.
    – October 26, 2017 –A revitalized downtown, restored and expanded Delphi Opera House and new and upgraded trail systems were highlighted in Delphi Thursday, Oct. 26.

    A gathering of community members and state representatives at the Delphi Opera House celebrated completion of $23 million in improvements begun five years ago when the town was named to participate in Indiana’s Stellar Communities Designation Program.

    “Today marks a significant milestone, both highly visible and behind the scenes,” said Delphi mayor Shane Evans. “Downtown Delphi’s ambiance is distinctive and inviting, thanks to new building facades, streetscapes and welcoming amenities. And underground, new water mains can now handle the water supply needed for upper-story sprinklers, and, thus, conversion of that space for residential and commercial use. And our trails bring nature into our daily lives.”

    “For decades to come, we’re likely to refer to yesterday as pre-Stellar and the phoenix rising today and continuing for generations as post-Stellar,” said Evans, who signed a mayoral proclamation honoring the project’s completion and the community volunteers, donors and city leaders who “came together to solidify and implement the impactful, forward-thinking proposal.”

    The Indiana Stellar Communities Designation Program, established in 2010, is a multi-agency partnership recognizing smaller communities that have formulated comprehensive community and economic development plans, aligned partners and are ready to achieve new heights.

    Delphi was one of 40 applicants and one of seven finalists for the 2012 designation. Two communities were chosen that year.

    “We saw in Delphi a golden opportunity to capitalize on its planning, leverage assets, foster regional investment and stimulate long-term, relevant growth,” said Jodi Golden, executive director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, administrator of the Stellar Program. “The results speak for themselves.”

    “The new Hoosier Heartland Corridor drew semis and heavy traffic from the portion of State Road 25 that ran through the middle of town, offering the opportunity to make downtown a welcoming, friendly destination,” said Kathy Eaton-McKalip, director of local programs for the Indiana Department of Transportation. “That’s what you see today.”

    “The community is now pedestrian friendly—downtown and through its expanded trail system, and the city can now leverage these improvements for future positives,” said Brian Pohlar, engineer and project manager with Lafayette’s HWC Engineering, a key contractor in coordinating the project.

    The Delphi Opera House expansion and renovation has drawn visitors from the region for music, theater and other programs. “We are gaining regional recognition as a venue for fine performances and as a location for booking private events,” said Anita Werling, president of Delphi Opera House Inc. and advisor to the Delphi Preservation Society, which owns the building. “More than that, the Delphi Opera House stands as a testament to the past and a gateway to the future.”

    During the five-year, community-wide project, the theme “Storied Past, Stellar Future” defined the respect for Delphi’s heritage and its goal for the future. With projects completed, the milestone celebration was dubbed, “Stellar Past, Storied Future” to reflect the movement forward, Werling said.

    “Being a part of a project that truly transformed a town is an architect’s dream,” said Kelly Good, architect and owner of Lafayette’s KJG Architecture, Engineering & Interior Design, a project participant. “Projects like these are dreams come true for a firm like ours. That’s no cliché, but a heartfelt reflection of what it means to be part of the success of the Stellar Program, which truly transformed Delphi. I know how challenging it is to secure funding to complete all these items in a short period of time in a small town. Yet, that’s just what Delphi has done.”

    Carmen Lethig, placemaking manager at the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, also hailed Delphi’s transformation. “From the beginning, the Delphi team identified the elements that would achieve positive impact, and today you can check off a healthy list of accomplishments.”

    Those include the Delphi Opera House; a new urban trail and refurbishment of a second trail; and downtown—35 building facades rehabilitated downtown, ten homes rehabilitated, water line replacement, and streetscape of new sidewalks, lighting, planter beds, plantings, road resurfacing and storm sewer installation across seven full blocks and five partial blocks.

    A video produced by former Delphi resident Tyler Mose, CEO of Chicago’s Indirap Productions, captured the final improvements. Refreshments were provided by Delphi’s Stone House Restaurant and Bakery.


    A nonprofit enterprise, the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation is a proactive leader in a unified pursuit to provide a dynamic and prosperous economy for citizens and employers of Carroll County. For more information, contact Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, 241 North Heartland Drive, P.O. Box 83, Delphi, Indiana 46923, 765-564-2060,

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    Delphi, IN—Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC), the makers of INDIANA KITCHEN® branded pork products, has officially begun operations out of its new $30 million, 125,000-square-foot cold storage distribution center, alongside its existing pork-production plant in Delphi, Indiana. Construction of the project was completed last month.

    “We’re thrilled this expansion is complete,” says Russ Yearwood, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Packers Corporation. “This new facility means we’re improving upon our already best-in-class status for supply chain and distribution and it sends strong signals regarding our commitment to freshness.”

    The new distribution center increases Indiana Packers’ total square footage by approximately 20% and will facilitate improved logistics, expedite delivery capabilities and mark another major milestone in Indiana Packers’ 26 years of continued growth.

    Key to the project were several infrastructure improvements, including a traffic study and roadway reconstruction, enabling Indiana Packers Corporation to optimize its existing property.

    These infrastructure improvements were a result of close collaboration between Indiana Packers and groups like the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission and the Carroll White Rural Electric Membership Corporation who incentivized Indiana Packers to incorporate energy-efficient design into its new distribution center.

    “It’s always exciting to expand and grow our business,” says Jon Revord, VP of Engineering at Indiana Packers Corporation. “For example, we were able to incorporate automatic palletizing and sortation capabilities with this new project, which will maximize efficiencies in our distribution chain.”

    At the same time, the project also reinforces the company’s relationship with the community. “This project and our recent $40 million dollar bacon expansion, demonstrates our long-term commitment to investing in Carroll County and supporting economic development locally,” adds Yearwood. For more information contact, Curtis Hansen, Indiana Packers’ Director of Marketing, at (765) 564-7278, via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or


    About Indiana Packers Corporation: The Midwest’s premier pork company, Indiana Packers is the home of INDIANA KITCHEN® Premium Pork Products and the makers of the freshest, most flavorful bacon, ham and fresh pork on the market. Sourcing from nearby Midwestern farms, Indiana Packers supplies grocers, restaurants and foodservice-operators throughout the Midwest, across the U.S. and to more than 25 countries worldwide with pork of the highest quality.


    A nonprofit enterprise, the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation is a proactive leader in a unified pursuit to provide a dynamic and prosperous economy for citizens and employers of Carroll County. For more information, contact Carroll County Economic Development Corporation, 241 North Heartland Drive, P.O. Box 83, Delphi, Indiana 46923, 765-564-2060,

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    Laura Walls, Executive Director,
    Carroll County Economic Development Corp.: 765/714-7012
    Stephen Hogan, President,
    GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana, LLC: 317/601-0509

    GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana Chooses Carroll County
    $300 Mil. Project Announced; 245 new jobs

    ccedc logoCamden, Ind. – November 29, 2016 – State and local officials joined officials from GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana to announce its decision to build two facilities in Carroll County.

    GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana will refine recyclable and non-recyclable waste plastic into renewable fuels by developing a recycling center and constructing a plastics to renewable diesel facility.

    GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana President Stephen Hogan announced the recycling center will add 155-165 new jobs by 2020 with an average salary of $43,680-$49,920.

    The decision to locate the recycling center, Camden Recycling, LLC, south of Camden near State Road 75 was three-pronged.

    “Carroll County made sense because of its close proximity to consumer plastic. There was also a logistics advantage in locating the project on a railroad operated by U S RAIL Corporation. Thirdly, state and local officials offered a strong incentive package,” explained Hogan.

    “The diesel refinery will employ 91 by the end of 2018. The facility will cost between $200 - $350 million,” said Prehm.

    “The project is using groundbreaking technology and environmentally-friendly recycling and manufacturing methods,” added Prehm.

    The combined capital investment for the project is $300-$410 Million and 246-256 new jobs.
    Texas and Pennsylvania were also considered for this project.

    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana up to $2,000,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

    “Here in Indiana, job creation is job one, and we are pleased GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana chose to locate here in a state that works,” said Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As the Crossroads of America, Indiana offers companies a central location and an infrastructure that ranks best in the nation, supporting companies like GEP Fuel & Energy as they ship their products across the country. Indiana’s low-cost, low-tax, limited-regulation business climate is now recognized as one of the top states for business, and as we enter our state’s third century, I am confident we will build on this momentum by advancing talent attraction and workforce development, allowing job creators like GEP Fuel &Energy to thrive.”

    As Hogan noted, logistics was a deciding factor in the site selection process. The site is adjacent to the rail line served by U.S. Rail Corporation. Gabriel Hall, President of U.S. Rail, said that the GEP Project was a long time arriving, and will be an asset to Carroll County as a job generator.

    “We are very proud that U.S. Rail was able to convince GEP to give serious consideration to the Indiana site, and settle on Indiana rather than Texas. The economics of building in Indiana made all the sense in the world,” said Hall.

    The logistics of the Camden site was important for transporting waste plastic into the recycling center, Camden Recycling, LLC, as well as transporting the finished product out bound.

    “Rail is the most economical form of transportation, especially when it is served by a local railroad that connects to both NS and CSX”, Hall said. “These connections give GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana access to every rail served location in the lower 48 states, Canada and everywhere in the South American continent. It provides an economic edge over competitors with very competitive transportation rates which will be very attractive to customers,” added Hall.

    Carroll County officials came together to put the most competitive offer on the table and to respond to the company in a timely manner, according to Carroll County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Laura Walls.

    “We’ve been working on this project since April and it’s required a total team effort from the get-go to win this major project. The Carroll County Council, Area Plan Commission, Commissioners, Town of Camden, Town of Flora, Camden-Flora Rail Corridor Commission and the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation came together to work with company officials to demonstrate our business-friendly environment and commitment to the project,” said Walls.

    “Today is celebrating a milestone, but the hard work and team effort continues,” added Walls.

    The site selector for the companies is JM Tax Advocates of Fishers, Ind. Its president Josh Malancuk explained what put Carroll County at the top of the list.

    “Carroll County officials stepped up to win this project. They were incredibly responsive to our requests and made this experience enjoyable and rewarding,” said Malancuk. “In my nearly twenty years of experience, this has been one of my favorite projects because of the people involved.”

    Carroll County offered the companies a tax abatement on real and personal property, pending approval at a public hearing in December. Council Member Ann Brown congratulated the companies for today’s announcement and thanked them for choosing Carroll County.

    “I’ve been on the county council for 14 years and this is by far the largest project we’ve been a part of in that time. This project brings high-paying jobs and will make our local economy more diverse and stronger. Congratulations to GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana on your announcement and thank you for choosing Carroll County for your investment,” said Brown.

    Construction is slated to begin on the facilities in early 2017 as weather permits. A public groundbreaking will be held in Spring 2017.

    About GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana, LLC: Founded in 2014, the company is dedicated to converting waste plastic materials into commercially viable products, utilizing environmentally-friendly recycling and manufacturing methods. GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana is committed to maintaining a friendly, fair and creative work environment for its employees, which respects diversity, new ideas and hard work.

    About Carroll County Economic Development Corp. A nonprofit corporation, the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. is a proactive leader in a unified pursuit to provide a dynamic and prosperous economy for citizens and employers of Carroll County. Its offices are in the new shovel-ready Hoosier Heartland Industrial Park, 241 N. Heartland Dr., Delphi, Ind.

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    Randy W. Price, CEO
    Carroll White REMC: 574-583-7161

    Laura Walls, Executive Director, Carroll County
    Economic Development Corp.: 765/564-2060, 765/714-7012

    Robin Coyner, Bison Artist

    Carroll White REMC & Carroll County Economic Development Corp. reveals Bison

    In celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, the Carroll White REMC and the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation have partnered in sponsoring an Indiana Association United Ways (IaUW) bison. The Indiana Association of United Ways launched a statewide “Bison-tennial” Public Art Project in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. This legacy project is the first of its kind statewide public art project in the country, which artists decorate 5-foot tall by 8-foot long fiberglass bison that will be displayed in each of Indiana’s coyner and bisonLocal Bison Artist, Robin Coyner92 counties. This officially endorsed legacy projects aims to celebrate Indiana’s rich and diverse history and unique features.

    One of four such bison in Carroll County, the Carroll White REMC and the Carroll County Economic Development sponsored bison represents historic Carroll County. The painting depicts Carroll County’s strong agricultural history along with its transportation history with the Wabash and Erie Canal, the Interurban trolley and railroads. The bison also reflects numerous bridges including the 1845 Adams Mill Covered Bridge near Cutler. The stunning limestone Carroll County Courthouse with its beautiful rotunda is also featured. The horns on the bison pay homage to the Potawatomi Indians who marched through Carroll County on the Trail of Death in 1838. Potawatomi means keeper of the fire.

    Bison artist Robin Coyner, a Delphi Community High School art teacher since 2007, resides in Dayton, Indiana. Coyner’s current artistic endeavors include whimsical, expressive representational art, exploration into street art, and utilizing a mixture of water-based media. He has exhibited locally in several galleries, as well as in the tri-state area at venues such as South Shore Arts in Munster and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Coyner can now check off painting an eight-foot bison from his bucket list. “It was an honor to be asked by residents of Carroll County to participate in such an important project. The bison project not only celebrates our state's bicentennial, but also the heritage of Carroll County and what it has meant to the state of Indiana. I hope everyone will enjoy the bison as much as I have, and here's to another two hundred years,” said Coyner.

    The REMC and EDC would like to specially thank Robin Coyner, for all his time and hard work on this project and Bill DeFouw Collision Center for donating the bison’s clear coat.

    About Carroll White REMC A non-profit, member-owned, electric utility, Carroll White Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC), serves 16,201 households, farms, schools and businesses in Carroll and White Counties, the southern half of Pulaski County, and parts of Benton, Cass, Clinton, Howard, Jasper and Tippecanoe counties. Carroll White REMC’s mission is to provide members with superior energy and related services, meaningful contributions to our communities and a safe, productive environment for our employees.

    About Carroll County Economic Development Corp. A nonprofit corporation, the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. is a proactive leader in a unified pursuit to provide a dynamic and prosperous economy for citizens and employers of Carroll County. Its offices are at 241 N. Heartland Dr., Delphi, Ind.
    About the Indiana Bicentennial Commission The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is a fifteen-member body, chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton, charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana's 200th birthday. First Lady Karen Pence serves as official Bicentennial Ambassador. Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state's 200 years of history, but do so in a way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. The commission encourages every community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.

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  • The Carroll County Economic Development Corporation is a private, not-or-profit, corporation leading the county's economic development strategy to add  more jobs and diversify the local economy while enhancing the area's unique natural and cultural environments. The EDC is a catalyst for creating a vibrant economy that is sustainable and globally competitive.
    A rich resource for entrepreneurs considering sites for new enterprise, as well as for existing business owners exploring relocation or expansion, the EDC is ready to serve. The Carroll County Economic Development Corporation invites you to explore our county and to consider the endless possibilities Carroll County offers.

    Carroll County is centrally located for workers, With our first-class highway and rail routes we have the transportation resources you need!  Carroll County is crossed by five state highways as well as US highway 421.  The new Hoosier Heartland will cross the county close to present SR-25.  Carroll County has rail service provided by two carriers--Norfolk Southern and Winamac Southern.  Delphi and Flora have airfields, with Delphi’s runway currently expanding to 4,000 ft.

    Our Economic Development Team is committed to the creation, retention, and expansion of business and industry in the area. Check us out and let us help you locate or expand your business here.
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