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Relocating business brings employment opportunities

October 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Gator Cases, Inc., a manufacturer of cases, bags and stands for the music, pro-audio, audiovisual markets and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) case suppliers, announced plans today to relocate its distribution center from Chattanooga, Tenn. to Whitley County, creating up to 106 new jobs by 2016.

The Tampa, Fla.-headquartered company, which designs and manufactures hard cases and bags to protect a variety of products, will invest $4,464,000 to lease, renovate and equip a 168,000 square-foot facility at 2499 S. 600 E. in Columbia City.

HEATING COSTS: Budget option to even S. Whitley utility bills

October 9, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— As winter approaches, bringing bitter cold winds and snowy conditions, heating costs become a concern for Hoosiers.

However, South Whitley residents will soon have the opportunity to budget their seasonal heating costs thanks to an agreement reached at Tuesday’s town council meeting.

Clerk-Treasurer Bob Go-uld petitioned the South Whitley Town Council with an idea to allow residents to average their utility bills.

“This would be similar to other companies that offer a budget plan,” Gould said. “It might give some of our folks a break during winter months.”

MICROPULSE, INC. TO EXPAND: 100 new jobs come to Whitley County

October 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Micropulse, Inc., a medical device manufacturer for the orthopedic and cardiovascular industries, announced plans to expand its operations creating up to 100 new jobs by 2016.

“We are pleased to support Micropulse’s expansion in Whitley County and commend company owner Brian Emerick for his ongoing commitment to our community,” said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.

“We greatly appreciate how involved the Micropulse team is in local and regional community and economic development efforts.”

‘I’M GLAD I GOT HURT’: Smith puts positive spin on injury

October 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed — but not everyone is Angie Smith.

“When I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,” Smith said. “But everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.”

Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman — running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.

MUNICIPAL JOBS: City employees to receive slight raise

October 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesday’s meeting.

The proposed raise, which would go into effect in 2014, would give all full-time employees a $1,040 increase for the year.

The city currently has 90 full-time employees, many of whom haven’t received raises for several years.

Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.

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