Pulaski County Health Officials Ask Businesses to Close for Two Weeks, if Possible

Pulaski County’s COVID-19 Task Force is calling on local businesses to close for two weeks, if possible. A letter from Pulaski Memorial Hospital and the Pulaski County Health Department Thursday asked businesses to suspend operations and get their employees and families to self-quarantine and practice social distancing for 14 days.

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BraunAbility Secures Lease to Continue Winamac Operations

Pulaski County’s largest employer is committing to its Winamac operations. BraunAbility executives have announced that the company has secured a 15-year facility lease with the Braun family that includes three extension options. That’s according to a Facebook post Tuesday from the Pulaski County Community Development Commission. The company has also approved a significant expenditure for office remodeling, according to the CDC.

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Pulaski County Council Still Considering Changes to Local Income Tax Structure

With time running out, the Pulaski County Council is still struggling to agree on a clear direction, when it comes to adjusting the county’s income taxes. Consultant Jeffrey Peters has suggested lowering the portion of income taxes designed to offset property taxes, but raising other types of income taxes to help with operations.

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Lieutenant Governor, State Representative Visit BraunAbility

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch talks with BraunAbility President and CEO Staci Kroon

Helping people with disabilities get around is part of BraunAbility’s mission. But making sure they’re represented in the company’s workforce is proving to be a challenge. That’s what BraunAbility officials told Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and State Representative Doug Gutwein, when they visited the Winamac facility Monday.

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Pulaski County CDC Director Calls for Change in Culture, during State of the Economy Address

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer delivers the 2019 State of the County Economy Address.

Pulaski County is its own worst enemy. That was the theme of the State of the County Economy Address delivered by Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer Tuesday. “This speech is supposed to be about the state of the Pulaski County economy, but ultimately, our problems are not economic,” he said. “They’re not even just about our fiscal health. It is time to admit what I have long been loath to acknowledge. The underlying problem hurting Pulaski County is cultural.”

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BraunAbility Announces Plans to Move Global Headquarters, Research & Development to Carmel

BraunAbility is moving its headquarters to Carmel. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says the company will locate its global headquarters in Carmel’s Lakeside Green Business Center, while also building a new 20,000-square-foot Research & Development and Technology Center in the city. Manufacturing operations will stay in Winamac.

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Winamac-based Business Welcomes New CEO

BraunAbility CEO Nick Gutwein has announced his retirement and revealed that his successor will be Staci Kroon, the former Executive Vice President of Eaton Business Systems.

Gutwein, who has led BraunAbility since 2008, recently alerted the company’s Board of Directors of his plans to retire. The Board selected Staci Kroon to fill his position. According to a BraunAbility media advisory released earlier this week, Kroon will officially assume the role of President and CEO of the Winamac-based business on Nov. 27th. Additionally, Kroon will serve as a director. Continue reading

Work Ethic Certificate Program Begins at Winamac High School


Winamac High School seniors will soon participate in a newly-installed work ethic certificate program.

The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation’s application for the program was accepted by the Department of Workforce Development to join the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate Program. The program is designed to connect employers to their local school district to create a collaborative partnership that benefits the community.

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Electrical Maintenance Training Class Proves Successful for Pulaski County

Last Wednesday, seven employees graduated from an 18 week-long NIMS Electrical Maintenance Training Class. This was the first training class to be offered at this capacity in the nation and it was an incredible success for Pulaski County.

All seven employees had perfect attendance throughout the course. According to Pulaski County Economic Development officials, these individuals demonstrated dedication to their craft and a commitment to continuously work on advancing their skills. Each graduate was awarded a nationally recognized credential issued by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. Employers stated that employees who went through the training are already displaying noticeable results on the job. Continue reading

Eastern Pulaski School Board Accepts Memorial Contributions, Donations

Cord Colgrove

A popular Winamac Community High School athlete who was murdered earlier this year will be forever remembered at his alma mater. Cord Colgrove played soccer and baseball at Winamac Community High School. After his March murder in rural North Judson, Colgrove’s family asked that memorial contributions be directed to the Winamac Community High School Athletic Department. Continue reading