New Bluffton Structure Hopes to Attract New Businesses

Published 05/05 2014 06:35PM

Updated 05/06 2014 08:29AM

The City of Bluffton is getting something leaders say has been needed for many years. This afternoon the city broke ground on a new project expected to bring hundreds of local new jobs.

What is now a large 25-acre field, will soon be a building large enough to hold up to 200 new jobs. Just east of Lancaster Street and SR 124, Bluffton will house a new shell facility.

"A shell building is basically an empty building. It won’t even have concrete on the floor. It’s built as flexible as possible," said Tim Ehlerding, Executive Director of economic Development for Wells County.

"We do not have any good buildings for that next industry that’s going to come to Wells County. In fact it’s a problem in all Northeast Indiana," he said.

After seeing the need for structures like this city and county leaders took initiative to design the new facility.

 We decided to take the step forward and put the building up and make sure that were ready for the next company or industry that wants to call Wells County home. It has stirred a lot of interest," said Ehlerding.

Ehlerding also tells WFFT that businesses from Chicago and as far as Texas are eyeing the facility as a possible new location to grow their business.

The space will most likely be used for a manufacturer or a warehouse. Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis says attracting new businesses comes with handling other issues like unemployment.

"Last unemployment numbers were 5.2 percent so we’re pretty respectable yet still room to grow," said Ellis.

The 200,000 square foot facility is expected to bring anywhere form one to 200 jobs. Full time construction will begin in just a few days and be finished in six to nine months.

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