South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal says an expansion announcement by Lippert Components Inc. underscores the city's "continuing comeback." The Elkhart County-based recreational vehicle industry supplier is planning to lease an abandoned distribution facility in South Bend and add 180 workers by the end of the year. Neal says it is the "first step" in the company's growth within the city.
Industrial Hemp Goes to Governor's Desk
A bill establishing guidelines for industrial hemp use in Indiana is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence. The measure involves the production and cultivation of hemp for uses including plastics and fuel.
Library Expansion Project Begins
Construction is underway on a $1.3 million library project in northeast Indiana. The expansion to the Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library will include a new entrance and larger teen area. The project is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Development Boosts Kokomo Neighborhood
A $9 million housing community has opened in Kokomo. The project sits on a block that used to be occupied by dilapidated buildings and city leaders say it is a catalyst in the revitalization of the area.
Anderson Company Adds Restaurants
An Anderson-based company has acquired a pair out-of-state restaurants. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report Ultra Steak Inc. now owns Aspen Creek, which has locations in Kentucky and Texas.
Bridge to Remain Closed
The Indiana Department of Transportation says crews are working to replace a dislodged bridge bearing causing delays to a major step in the Milton-Madison Bridge project. Workers were set to slide the new 100-foot span in southeast Indiana onto the refurbished piers tomorrow. INDOT hopes to complete the move by the end of the month.
University Leader Heading to China
Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton is leading a delegation to China this week in hopes of forming partnerships with various schools. In addition to meeting with other university leaders, Emberton hopes to discuss agreements with middle schools for Huntington's Master's of Education students.
Day Care Facility to Close
A Wabash Valley child care center that has been in operation for nearly three decades is set to close in June. The Congregation of the Sisters of Providence, which runs Woods Day Care/Pre-School in Vigo County, cite difficult "financial and enrollment realities" as factors for closing the center.
Gift to Establish Holy Cross Scholarship
Holy Cross College has received a $1.5 million gift to establish a scholarship for students in need. Mark and Renee Hollier's donation will endow the Robert John Hollier Presidential Scholarship, in honor of their nephew who died in a 2011 motorcycle accident.
Notre Dame Project Lands Major Grant
Two University of Notre Dame biologists are the leading recipients of a $23 million grant for a study on malaria prevention. The funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation represents the second-largest award to a single grant proposal in school history.
IU East Details New Degree
Indiana University East has announced a new graduate degree program. The Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics is set to begin in the fall semester.
Panel to Examine STEM Education
Increasing the number of students earning science, technology, engineering and math degrees is the topic of a panel discussion this afternoon in Indianapolis. The Indy Chamber says education experts and high-tech employers will examine the steps being taken to attract more young people to consider careers in the STEM fields.
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