BUSINESS EXPANSION & NEW INVESTMENT REPORT

  • Beutter Park

    Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, as well as other city leaders, gathered at Beutter Park to break ground on Phase II of the $6 million Ironworks Plaza project, which will include additional parking, restroom, Biergarten and significant utility work to allow for future construction phases. This is another project being created to provide unique additional event space along Mishawaka's popular Riverwalk.

     

  • Center Stage Pizza

    Center Stage Pizza, located at 428 Lincolnway West in South Bend, had its grand opening on August 7. The restaurant is owned by Doug Michael, a former award-winning music engineer and consultant in Los Angeles, and offers a New York style thin crust pizza. There is free Wi-Fi along with a few flat screen televisions that play music videos of many different genres of music from the 60's to today.

     

  • Free flow of US 31
    The plans for an additional $70 million of funding to complete the Free flow of US 31 between South Bend and Indianapolis has been announced by Governor Eric J. Holcomb. The dollars will be used to eliminate additional stoplights and railroad crossings in the corridor. The completion of US 31 has been a top priority of the Chamber for the past 20+ years and the organization has worked diligently to make sure lawmakers in Indianapolis also saw it as a top priority.

  • Kohl's

    Kohl's will be allowing Amazon shoppers to drop off their returns at its stores. All that is required for customers is to complete the online return process on Amazon.com and select the Kohl's drop-off option. Kohls at 1290 E Ireland Road, South Bend and 4410 Grape Road, Mishawaka are participating.

     

  • Liberty Mutual Building
    The Liberty Mutual Building is being purchased by the City of Mishawaka. The Mishawaka City Council voted 9-0 to approve the purchase. The plan is to renovate the building to combine a new city hall, utilities office and police station. The city will take possession of the building in March 2020.

  • Menards
    The Mishawaka Menards is hoping to move from their current location on University Drive to the northwest corner of Gumwood and Cleveland Roads in Granger, but many people who live near the mew site oppose the building of a store due to their concerns for increased traffic, and especially the increase of semi-truck traffic in the area.

  • Majority Builders
    Majority Builders is constructing a new building for NFI Industries, a leading international third-party logistics provider with customers ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. NFI provides customized supply chain solutions no matter the industry. Located at 5020 Dylan Drive in South Bend, NFI is investing $12.6 million in the new facility. Currently, the company is occupying the old AJ Wright building.

  • O'Reilly Auto Parts

    O'Reilly Auto Parts will open a new store at 51059 Bittersweet Road soon.

     

  • South Bend International Airport
    South Bend International Airport announced the return of twice daily nonstop flights by United Airlines to New York/Newark Liberty International Airport. The route continues through December 3. United will also create additional flights that coincide with Notre Dame Football, including flights to Atlanta for the Georgia game, to Los Angeles for the USC game and to North Carolina for the Duke game. Also, Allegiant Airlines is adding a seasonal service from South Bend to Sarasota, Florida begin November 25 and continuing through April 13, running on Mondays and Fridays.

  • South Bend International Airport
    South Bend International Airport opened its Federal Inspection Station on July 16 with the arrival of the Liverpool Soccer Club chartered flight. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry began enrollments on July 22. Global Entry allows members to use expedited lanes at U.S. airports when crossing international borders.

  • South Bend Medical Foundation/LabCorp
    South Bend Medical Foundation/LabCorp, one of the largest comprehensive laboratory services companies, has agreed to purchase the clinical laboratory testing from the South Bend Medical Foundation (SBMF). This purchase was expected to be completed in September. The pathology and blood banking services of the SBMF remain as a nonprofit and will continue serving the doctors and hospitals in the region. The SBMF will reinvest the proceeds of this sale into the modernization and enhancement of their facilities and procedures.

  • South Shore Line

    The South Shore Line is planning to purchase 26 new rail cars. South Shore's General Manager Michael Noland will request proposals from the rail car manufacturers in January and make the recommendation to purchase the cars six months later. The cars will cost between $4 and $5 million.

     

  • The Prized Pig
    The Prized Pig is making a comeback and has reopened with a new location in downtown Mishawaka, 114 Lincolnway East. The restaurant specialized in smoked meat barbecue sauces done in styles from the Carolinas to Texas. The original location in Niles, Michigan closed in 2017.

  • Tri-Pac, Inc.
    Tri-Pac, Inc., a contract filing and packaging firm, cut the ribbon to finalize its relocation from Vandalia, Michigan to South Bend to better align with its growth plans. The state-of-the-art facility is located on the corner of Nimtz Parkway and Kenmore St. That growth plan includes an $8M investment into the facility.

  • University of Notre Dame

    The University of Notre Dame and South Bend's Venues Parks & Arts, on August 19, broke ground on a 2.5-megawatt hydroelectric generation facility on the dam in the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend, near Seitz Park. Mostly underground, the new facility is expected to generate about 7% of the University's electrical needs and offset nearly 9,700 tons of carbon dioxide annually. In an effort to reduce the University's carbon emissions and become better stewards of the Earth, the University reached an agreement with the City of South Bend in 2016 to lease the site for 50 years.

     

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