INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Bell Aquaculture Plans Major Expansion

2014-02-25T14:45:00Z 2014-02-25T16:06:16Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Bell Aquaculture Plans Major ExpansionGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
February 25, 2014 2:45 pm  • 

Jay County-based Bell Aquaculture is planning a $30 million expansion that could create 75 jobs. The project involves growing its fish feed mill and farming operations in east central Indiana. Chief Executive Officer Norman McCowan tells Inside INdiana Business plans also call for a nearly 60-acre aquaculture park that could serve as a hub for his company and others.

Pizza Chain Launches Hiring Effort

Domino's Pizza Inc. is conducting a major hiring push in central Indiana. The restaurant chain says it is seeking 200 new employees at 40 stores in the Indianapolis area.

Committee Moves Business Tax, Transit Bills Forward

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved Senate bills involving central Indiana mass transit and business taxes. The measures now move on to the full House.

Indiana Communities Top National Lists

An Indiana county and city are at the top of national lists spotlighting housing prices and quality of life. The communities are on CNN Money's rankings of the "Top 10 Most Affordable Small Cities" and "Where The Middle Class Thrives."

Rural Health Group Forms Business Network

The Indiana Rural Health Association has created a business partner network. Executive Director Don Kelso says the effort is designed to connect rural hospitals with companies and consultants that provide management and operational guidance.

Chamber Weighs in on K-12 Draft

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce describes the basic content of K-12 draft standards issued last week as a "reasonable outcome." Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Policy Derek Redelman says there are concerns with the reading and literature and mathematics sections.

Unionized Sumco Workers Reject Deal

Unionized workers at Indianapolis-based Sumco Inc. have voted to authorize a strike after rejecting a three-year contract offer. United Steelworkers Local 1999 says health insurance cost increases would have outweighed the contract's proposed wage hike.

Morgan County Receives FEMA Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $285,000 to Morgan County to purchase flood-prone homes. The money will allow the county to buy and demolish up to five homes located in an area flood plain.

Cold Weather Sends Leading Index Down

The Indiana Business Research Center says the harsh winter and labor concerns sent the Leading Index for Indiana tumbling in February. The analysis also suggests small business optimism continues to "tread water," well below pre-recession levels.

USF to Offer Nutrition Degree

The University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne is launching a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. The school says it will be the first degree of its kind in northeast Indiana. The program will begin this fall.

Danville Planning Mayberry-Themed Event

An event honoring an iconic television town is set for this spring in Danville. Organizers expect thousands of visitors for "Mayberry in the Midwest," which will include tribute artists and appearances by two original cast members of "The Andy Griffith Show."

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