Production should start soon at the Gary Poppins factory at the corner of U.S. 35 and 250 North, north of Knox.
Larry Wickert from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation updated the Starke County Council last week that the delivery of equipment was delayed. The initial date was Nov. 1, but that has since been postponed to Feb. 1. Wickert said the company has hired a manager who now lives in Starke County.
Gary Poppins officials purchased the former Stelrema property and will customize it to their needs.
As far as the Sysco property in Hamlet, negotiations continue with two companies to place a facility on that property. Wickert said one company has great potential and talks may move in a positive direction to increase economic efforts in Starke County.