Starke County Council Receives Update on SCEDF Activity

A Hamlet industry continues to work on an expansion project.

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Larry Wickert reminded the County Council members Monday night that Norton Packaging’s $3 million project is financed with a bond that was secured by the foundation.  The foundation owns the building and is paying for the construction through a $1.7 million bond.  Norton leases the building from the foundation.    

A 40,000 square foot addition is being constructed with at least 20 more jobs to be added over the next three years.  Wickert said the expansion should be done in the fall. 

Wickert also mentioned Constellation of Starke’s ongoing process in gathering data for the Regional Development Plan toward the Regional Stellar Communities application.  Officials are also working on projects and getting funding for local matches as well as comprehensive plans.