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Business and Industry

Business and industry in Daviess County is diversified. The local area is known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Many successful and creative businesses dot the landscape here and are the result of hard work, good ideas and the willingness to take risks. County and city governments, along with public and private schools, have been able to work together for the betterment of the entire community.

WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, a three-county effort between not only Daviess, but also Greene and Martin counties, now employs almost 900. It qualifies as a state Certified Technology Park by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and represents a natural marketplace for defense contractors currently providing technical support, and research and development services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in southern Indiana.

Operations at WestGate include the $2 billion URS corporation, and SAIC, the nation’s seventh-largest defense contractor. Also at WestGate are ITT, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Tri-Star Engineering, Crane Learning and Education Center, Stimulus Engineering, NAVMAR, CACL Crane Federal Credit Union, RayDar and Associates, Technical Services Corporation and Navonics.

Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels helped break ground in July 2011 for a new $8.8 million WestGate Academy, which is a 64,000-square-foot, two-story conference and academic institutional space which will serve as a business incubator and training facility for start-up and early-stage companies expanding their technology capacity. The new interstate passes within a few miles of WestGate, with a Crane interchange.

Daviess County also actively solicits and engages with Foreign Direct Investment. Olon Industries, a Canadian-based wood product manufacturer, now operates its U.S. headquarters and chief manufacturing operations on Washington’s east side. Olon constantly updates its product to stay ahead of its competition.

Perdue’s Washington-based turkey processing facility, located at 65 S 200W, continues to be the county’s largest employer with more than 800 employees. Perdue’s other Indiana locations are a feed mill North of Washington, a breeder facility in Thornton and a hatchery in Vincennes. Perdue is a $4.6 billion food and agricultural company. It has 20,000 associates nationwide which produce more than 2.6 billion pounds of chicken and 260 million pounds of turkey each year, or 25 million meals per day. It also handles 189 million bushels of grain.

Grain Processing Corporation, which employs about 145, makes an impact on the community well beyond its on-site employment. GPC buys about 30 million bushels of corn for its Washington plant annually. To put that in perspective, only about 15 million bushels are typically grown in Daviess County, so its market reach goes out about 75 miles. And, GPC’s arrival in Daviess County in 1999 led to several spin-off businesses.

Horizon Converting and Alliance Barrier located on Industrial Drive on Washington’s eastside, is a flexible packaging converter, manufacturing high-quality, solvent-free laminated roll stock for the food and nutraceutical industry. Since its beginning in 2007, Horizon has been audited by the American Institute of Baking and achieved AIB’s highest achievement recognition — Superior. Alliance is now open.

Three-generation Jones Engineering does development work for NASCAR, while both Boyd Grain and Boyd and Sons continue to diversify as farmers who have branched out into construction, trucking and warehousing.

Other small to mid-size manufacturers contribute to the diversity of Daviess County including three truss builders in Graber Post, Daviess County Metal Sales and K and K Industries. More than 100 Amish-Mennonite work crews build in the community, or leave Daviess County each workday, bringing back income for both local businesses and families.

Also, a new Amish produce auction barn brings new dollars and provides additional income for local families. Graber Steel Fabrication, in that same area, fabricates steel structures and makes equipment that is shipped throughout the U.S.

More than 100 businesses, both small and large, including cabinet makers, vinyl-window makers, and bakeries, rely on the Odon-Cannelburg Road. The busy road is being upgraded by transportation officials which will include buggy lanes.

The Odon area has seen growth on several fronts, including a new assisted care living facility, expansions to the meat locker, a new convenience store and a new furniture store.

Also, Applied Logistics Services, Inc., headquartered in Odon, provides professional, analytical, engineering and administrative services. ALS made significant improvements to the old lumberyard building in Odon and is in the process of renovating the former box and pallet building.

MAVEN has renovated the former Star Glove building in Odon and provides renovation, new construction, design/build and abatement services for the Department of Defense and U.S. Government, with industrial clients throughout the Midwest and Southeast U.S.

Berry Plastics, a leading manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging headquartered in Evansville, IN, has a plant in Odon, which earlier had expanded to 29,000 square feet. In March 2011, plans were announced to add a new $5 million production line which will allow them to mix nine different kind of film ingredients.

Long-time Odon family-owned business, Stoll Bros. Lumber, has also experienced growth through the construction at WestGate Crane Tech Park and in Odon.

Also in the North Daviess area, Corn Pro designs and manufactures metal trailers used in construction, agriculture and has added a new dump trailer to its product line. And, Tri-Star Glove in Plainville, established in 2001, supplies gloves to the auto industry and employs almost 50.

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