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Ag Plus expanding Whitley County operations

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (October 5, 2010) – Ag Plus LP (Ag Plus) announced today that the company is expanding its Raber Ag Center to increase grain storage capacity, improve its agronomy capabilities, and construct a new office facility.

“Ag Plus is focused on increasing our capabilities to serve our Indiana and Ohio customers,” said CEO Jeff Mize, “Our vision is to be an innovative and growth oriented leader in agribusiness.”

The Raber Ag Center expansion follows the cooperative’s 2009 partnership with North Central Co-op (NCC) to establish Synergy Feeds, LLC, which is a new, state of the art feed mill in South Whitley The new facility resulted from the extensive renovation of Ag Plus’s current feed manufacturing facility in South Whitley and is capable of manufacturing 200,000 tons per year of livestock feeds including dairy feed.

“We are growing organically and through key relationships to serve the needs of our customers,” said Mize, “Our experienced employee team and strong board leadership will support continued growth and success in 2010 and beyond.”

Ag Plus currently has sixty-one employees and plans to hire two additional employees at the Raber Ag Center. In addition to its South Whitley headquarters, Ag Plus operates facilities in Whitley County in Churubusco, Columbia City, Peabody, Raber, and in Allen County in Monroeville, New Haven, and Woodburn.

Whitley County Council today approved ten-year tax abatement to phase-in property taxes on real estate improvements associated with the project. During this project, Whitley County Council also established a countywide Economic Revitalization Area to support tax abatement at this and future project locations that meet local zoning and state eligibility requirements.

“Whitley County is committed to supporting Ag Plus and growing agribusiness throughout the County” said County Council president Kim Wheeler, “We appreciate the company’s strong dedication to their customers, employees, and to our community.”

About Ag Plus LP
Ag Plus, LP, which is headquartered in South Whitley, Indiana, operates eight facilities in Allen and Whitley Counties. Through its Agronomy, Grain, Feed, and Petroleum departments, Ag Plus supplies quality products and services to farmers and other customers in Allen, Whitley, and surrounding counties, including customers in northwestern Ohio. For more information, call 260-723-5141, or click on www.agplusinc.com.

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.


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