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Carroll County EDC News & Press Releases

    December 29, 2020

    Shannon Kelley-Telfer, Office and Communications Manager
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 765-564-2060 (o)

    Carroll County Economic Development Corporation taps an
    Ivy Tech Workforce Consultant as its new Executive Director

    CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. – The Carroll County Economic Development Corporation has named Jake Adams as its new Executive Director. Adams who has served North Central Indiana recently within Ivy Tech Community College, is excited about the opportunity to serve his home community. “It is certainly a dream come true,” stated Adams. “I have been able to participate in some amazing work for the college and the state during my tenure, and I am confident that we will accomplish many more goals right here in Carroll County.”
    jacob adamsJake Adams, CCEDC Exec. Dir.According to Bret Rinehart, the Carroll County Economic Development Corporations Board President, “Adams brings an extensive knowledge of workforce and economic development with him and has a successful track record of leadership throughout the region. We look forward to having him work with the Board of Directors in 2021 and to the new energy he will bring to the organization”

    Not only is the local community excited about hiring Adams, but Steve Eberly, Executive Director of Hoosiers For Renewables said, “As a former member of the economic development community, I am so pleased for Carroll County, and frankly for Indiana, to welcome Jake Adams as the new Executive Director of Economic Development for Carroll County.”

    The hiring of Adams also caught the attention of State Senator Stacey Donato who stated, “Having worked with Jake over the last few years, I am confident his hiring will be a great asset to communities across Carroll County.” Sen. Donato added, “Now more than ever we must work to advance economic initiatives to combat the negative impact COVID-19 has had on our district and across much of Indiana. As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Technology, I look forward to working with Jake to further economic interests in our part of the state.”

    Brian Anderson, Economic Development & Public Relations Director for Wabash Valley Power Alliance said of Adams hiring, “WVPA is excited to work with Jake Adams as the new Executive Director of the Carroll County EDC. Mr. Adams is well known in the Carroll County community, and throughout this region of Indiana. We've previously crossed paths with Mr. Adams in economic and workforce development and believe he will prove invaluable in his new position at the Carroll County EDC. We look forward to working with Mr. Adams in 2021 and beyond.”

  • September 28, 2020 – Delphi, Indiana. Mayor Anita Werling today announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory Norman to the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation board as one of the City of Delphi’s three representatives. Norman and Miller Eye Care is a mainstay business in Delphi since 1982, now with branches in Lafayette, Frankfort, Crawfordsville, and five other locations. He has served on the boards of the Carroll County Community Foundation, Delphi Rotary, Delphi Preservation Society, Oracle Club, and other not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Norman is immediate Past-President of the Indiana Optometric Association and an officer in the Indiana University School of Optometry Alumni Association. In 2015, Dr. Norman received the Samuel Milroy Award for service to the community from the Greater Delphi Chamber of Commerce.

    “Greg Norman has the business acumen, community involvement, and leadership experience that I was seeking for this appointment,” Werling stated. “He will join Delphi’s other representatives—Joe Mayfield and Ken Walton—at this critical juncture for the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation as it seeks a new executive director and with several exciting prospects on the horizon.”

    Additional information about the City of Delphi may be found at or by contacting Anita Werling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information about the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation may be found at
  • pdf 2019 Close Up Report Now Available

    Annual report highlights economic developments, opportunities in Carroll County

    Delphi, IN—A strong and diversified economy, a $10-million investment in internet connectivity and several major corporate acquisitions number among the successes featured in the 2019 Close Up Report published by the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC).

    “For local residents, this report is an excellent way to catch up on the economic progress that’s taking place in our own backyard,” says Laura Walls, Executive Director of the CCEDC. “Just as importantly, Close Up 2019 serves as a great introduction for outside businesses interested in Carroll County.”

    For the fifth year in a row, the CCEDC’s Close Up Report vows to “keep an eye on the economy,” and delivers on the promise by highlighting major happenings around the region, including:
    • The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network’s offer of grants up to $100k and $1m in different categories for projects that can improve the region’s vitality, education and connectivity;
    • Indiana Packers Corporation’s purchase of Specialty Foods Group, the maker and manufacturer of seven retail meat brands, including Kentucky Legend hams, the number one-selling retail brand in the U.S.;
    • Next Day Container’s acquisition by Industrial Container Services, which subsequently merged with three other companies to form the multinational Mauser Packaging Solutions;
    • U.S. Aggregates investment of more than $5 million for its property and lab equipment;
    • A $50k grant for Phase 3 of renovating the Flora Depot and plans to transform the Burlington American Stagecoach Inn into a museum.
    Close Up 2019 also showcases available business properties that are move-in or construction ready, such as those found in the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Park (Delphi), Peter’s Industrial Development (Delphi), Delphi Industrial Park, Sycamore Industrial Park (Flora) and Wise Development (Camden).

    The CCEDC is an important resource and liaison for businesses looking to relocate, launch or expand within Carroll County. The Close Up 2019 is just one of a number of initiatives to promote a business-friendly climate within the region.

    The recipient of a $100,000 regional business attraction grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the CCEDC has also been quite active in attending key industry trade shows across the U.S. as a way to put Carroll County on the radar of industry site-selectors. In 2018, Executive Director Laura Walls promoted Carroll County to site-selectors in Indianapolis, Cleveland, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Throughout 2019, she’s attended or will be attending the World Ag Expo, the AmCon Contract Manufacturers Expo, the ProMat Supply Chain and Manufacturing Trade Show, plus 10 more shows and sales trips.

    A copy of the “Close Up” newsletter is available to view or download by clicking here:

    For more information about the 2019 Close Up or the work of the CCEDC, contact Shannon Telfer, the CCEDC’s Communications and Office Manager, at (765) 564-2060 via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


    About the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation: Located in the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Park in Delphi, Indiana, the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation is a pro-active leader in a unified pursuit to provide a dynamic and prosperous economy for the citizens and employers of Carroll County.
  • 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.
    For more information about Carroll County:
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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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