Business

New Industria Centre Shell Building Completed

The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance joined Delaware County government officials and Garmong Construction to announce that the construction of a new, 200,000 SF shell building has been completed. The event was celebrated with a ribbon cutting by the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. Located on a 34-acre site in the Industria Centre Industrial Park, the pre-cast concrete building features 32 foot ceilings and is expandable to 500,000 square feet. “Nationally, it has been reported that 70 to 80 percent…


Muncie-Delaware County Area Earns Shovel Ready Industrial Site Certification

An important site for growth in the Muncie-Delaware County Area has earned a shovel ready Industrial Site Certification.  The Industria Centre Site #1, along the Muncie bypass, has completed the certification program for American Electric Power’s (AEP) Quality Site Program. McCallum Sweeny Consulting, one of the world’s leading site selection consulting firms, has conducted an 18-month, thorough analysis of the property. “A rapidly growing trend in economic development site selection is the requirement that sites be certified, or “shovel ready.” Companies are…


Ameriana Bancorp To Merge With First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) and Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI)  announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby Ameriana Bancorp will merge with and into First Merchants Corporation, and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank, NA. The merger agreement provides that shareholders of Ameriana Bancorp will have the right to exchange each Ameriana Bancorp common share held for 0.9037 shares of First Merchants’ common stock. Based on the closing price of…


Woof Boom Radio Launches a Brand New FREE Digital Publication: The Muncie Journal

By: J Chapman, President, Woof Boom Radio, Inc.— Muncie, IN—Muncie Journal.com launched July 1, 2015 and will have a different tone than that of other current community news outlets. The stories will be free for the community to access and will primarily focus on the following areas: (1) Education (2) Economic Development and (3) Quality of Life. Muncie Journal will strive to include the good things that are happening with businesses and non-profits within Delaware County. Many community leaders have been…


Ontario Systems Named One Of Top 100 “Best Places To Work” By Indiana Chamber

Ontario Systems, a leading receivables management technology and services provider, reacted publicly to its inclusion among the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Places to Work in Indiana”, crediting its staff and You-Powered Talent Credo for the honor. “We have been very intentional about creating an environment in which our team can do their best work serving our clients. Everything we do at Ontario Systems starts and ends with the innovation, talent and spirit of service from our dedicated team of…


Farmhouse Creative Receives EDGE Award

Farmhouse Creative has been presented with the annual Economic Development and Growth Through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Award.  Presented by the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), The EDGE awards are given to businesses who receive no-cost counseling from the organization and utilize these resources to maximize their ability to grow their business in Indiana. The EDGE award ceremony concluded the Igniting Indiana Entrepreneurship Week in Indiana. During a program on June 19th, Farmhouse Creative won in the Established Business category. Angie Rogers-Howell started Farmhouse Creative with her final paycheck to fund…


Medical Education Program Receives 100 Percent Match for Sixth Consecutive Year

Medical Education recruitment season can be a stressful time for residency programs as well as applicants trying to find the perfect match. Thousands of applicants apply for only a select number of available positions. For the sixth consecutive year, the Medical Education Residency program at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital completed a 100 percent match by filling all 28 positions out of 3,260 applicants. This is the largest number of applicants in the history of the IU Health Ball…


Ontario Systems Announces Revenue Growth, 12% Workforce Expansion, Predicts Further Gains

Ontario Systems, a leading accounts receivable technology and services provider, today announced it expanded its workforce by more than 12 percent in 2014, taking advantage of a bullish market position that has contributed to the company’s growth after a number of successes on the part of its customers. The company shored up stability with 80 percent of its 2014 revenue earned through recurring sources and enjoyed a breakout year in the healthcare market with a 30 percent revenue gain in…


Cintas Building Purchased for Community Collaboration

By Terry Whitt Bailey The Cintas building has a new owner. The building which sits adjacent to Muncie’s core downtown district is now owned and operated by Sustainable Muncie Corporation, a non-profit entity organized to focus on the economic development of Muncie. This Cintas program is focused to attract and support makers of all kinds in a destination facility that promotes and enhances innovation, creativity, learning, development, and selling in order to stimulate and expand economic vitality. The building, which…


Heartland Business Center Means Big Business

The Heartland Business Center just off I-69 near Daleville has had a most interesting economic development metamorphosis. The massive 220,000 square-foot building was the former home of an outlet mall.
Two decades later, more than 700 people drive there every day, not to shop, but to work at cutting-edge businesses like Concentrix (formerly IBM), Element, First Merchant’s Data Center, Indiana Finance Company, Boyce Forms/Systems, Keystone Software and Komputrol Software. Through the work of Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, the structure is…