Shawnee Township eyes industrial development

Ivory Vandezande

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — On Thursday, the Allen County Board of Commissioners read from the Shawnee Township Trustees and the Allen County Port Authority about the enlargement and advancement of Gateway Shawnee Industrial Park. They also authorized to identify the main street just after their late colleague, former commissioner Jay Begg.

Jay Begg Parkway will finally develop into the key entrance to the park, which is situated just earlier Commerce Parkway on McClain Road. The 70-acre residence doesn’t look like a lot at the instant, but a $1.2 million investment decision from the Port Authority could turn the site into Allen County’s up coming massive market hub.

“It’s a single of the amount a person web sites in Allen County mainly because of its place,” claimed Allen Economic Progress Team director of enterprise development Cynthia Leis. “It’s obvious from I-75, we now have infrastructure with the 1,000 foot roadway into the park. Infrastructure is in put, and quite frankly, this land is shovel all set.”

One particular firm has previously begun design in the park. Randall Bearings, Inc. is anticipated to have its new setting up, which will be on Jay Begg Parkway, be operational by the start off of 2022.

Potential improvement of the park could carry in a array of new corporations, based on who decides to build on the property.

“It is dependent on the dimensions of organization that comes in,” claimed Shawnee Township Trustee Russ Holly. “If you have a substantial organization, let us say bigger than Randall Bearings, they could possibly take in a good deal of the home. If you have more compact ones, then you can have in all probability eight or 10 lesser corporations or scaled-down industrial complexes.”

Commissioner Cory Noonan claimed that Jay Begg was instrumental in economic enhancement through his time as commissioner, so incorporating a parkway that bears his name is a perfect way to honor his legacy.

“Economic development was a little something that he was pretty concerned in, and the industrial park,” he said. “It’s a wonderful recognition to one particular of the strongest leaders that we have had below in Allen County. (I) value the Port Authority, Shawnee Township and the county engineer and their perform on producing this devotion. It’ll be great to say, ‘hey, we’ll meet up with out on Jay Begg Parkway.’”

Allen Economic Industrial Group has manufactured a $1.2 million expense to strengthen and develop industrial park in Shawnee Township. Randall Bearings is the to start with enterprise to build on the house.

New industrial park will honor previous commissioner Jay Begg

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