Foundation celebrates 25th

KNOX — Starke County’s movers and shakers showed up Friday, Dec. 10, at the Knox Community Center for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation - the organization most known for attracting new industry to the county and creating jobs.
The event resembled an elaborate trade show, with 14 local industries displaying their products - including such items as truck caps being made for customers in Australia, Holland and Germany, fertilizer stocked in Walmart stores, mint oil used in Scope mouthwash and Ghirardelli chocolates, and much more.
Among the exhibitors were I.P. Callison, Knox Fertilizer, Toll Integrate Systems, MPI International, Hoosier Custom Plastics, Norton Packaging, Kruz Inc., JW. Hicks Inc., Philip Konrad and Sons Inc., American Oak Preserving Company, Inc., and others.
Executive Director Charles Weaver presented special gifts honoring the occasion to original board members Jack Lynch, Chris Madsen, Steve Spaw and Marvin Peters. Other original board members not present were Spencer Grover, Charlie Rowe, Melba Shilling and Bob Hamilton. Also presented with an award was Matt Swanson, whom Weaver honored for his behind the scenes assistance. Nancy Dembowski was acknowledged as being the longest serving board member.
Dignitaries from through-out the county and Northwest Indiana attended, including State Senator Ed Charbonneau; State Representative Nancy Dembowski; Starke County Economic Development Foundation President Bill Sonnemaker; Northwest Indiana Forum President Mark Maassel; and former Foundation Director Terry Kimmel.