There is a flurry of construction activity all across Henry County, Indiana. From Mooreland to Knightstown and points in between, over $175 million of capital investment is underway with 150 + new jobs in the county.
– A 2.6-mile addition of the Wilbur Wright Trail near Mooreland is almost complete. Mooreland is located in the northeast portion of Henry County on U.S. 36.
-Co-Alliance is under construction on a $19 million dollar feed mill in Millville. Millville is located north of SR 38 between New Castle and Hagerstown. This site is expected to host thirty new jobs by the end of 2024.
-Ag Express has broken ground on their new facility on US 36 in Sulphur Springs.
-BCW Supplies is adding office space to the former Liebhart Mill location on SR 236 in Middletown.
-Henry Community Health broke ground on the first phase of their Knightstown Campus, located on State Road 109, just south of Interstate 70. The 26,000 sq. ft. facility will provide primary care, pediatrics and orthopedics along with other sub-specialty care.
-The Knightstown Public Library and New Castle Henry County Public Library are both launching renovation projects.
-Spiceland-based Draper is finishing up a 100,000 sq. ft. addition to their campus. This addition will support 25 new jobs.
-Boar’s Head, located in the New Castle Henry County Industrial Park, just north of I-70 on State Road 3, is adding approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of processing space and adding approximately 100 new jobs.
-The Co-Alliance Mt. Summit facility on State Road 3 is wrapping up a $15 million expansion that includes a state-of-the-art rail served dry fertilizer facility.
To compliment this business and institutional investment, new residential communities are underway in Knightstown and New Castle. Knightstown’s River’s Edge Townhomes, is located in the heart of Knightstown, just east of the Hoosier Gym with some homes overlooking The Big Blue River. This 22 unit neighborhood is being developed by local developers Academy Annex, LLC and is supported by the Knightstown Redevelopment Commission.
The Preserve at Northfield Village, located near the Henry County YMCA on the northside of New Castle is a residential development by Bridgenorth Homes. Both single family and quad homes are available, and neighborhood amenities include pickleball courts and convenient access to the Wilbur Wright Trail. This development was also supported by the New Castle Redevelopment Commission.
All of this activity needs people. The New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation is working with Make My Move to attract out-of-state remote and traditional workers to re-locate to our county. The program has welcomed three people since the summer of 2022, two remote and one traditional. Learn more about the program at https://www.makemymove.com/get-paid/henry-county-indiana.
Local employers looking to attract talent from out of state are encouraged to use this program. Funding for Make My Move is a collaboration between Henry County, New Castle and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
-Corey L. Murphy, President of the New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation
This article origionally appeared in the Fall 2023 edition of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber Magazine.