White County

Indiana economic development officials are in Japan this week to bolster relationships with the Hoosier State’s top source of foreign investment.

The Asian nation backs more business in Indiana than in any other state – especially in the automotive sector, at Honda, Toyota, Subaru and their suppliers.

And that investment isn’t just about jobs. Those big Japanese-owned factories are also huge energy consumers. That’s why Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Japan trip includes power company executives, such as Harold Gutzwiller of Hoosier Energy in Bloomington.

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White County officials are advising Brookston residents to beware of scammers as cleanup continues from last week’s storm.

County Emergency Management Director Chantel Henson says even while the roads into and out of town were closed last week, both reputable insurance adjusters and dishonest fraudsters posing as officers of FEMA tried to sneak into town.

Brookston residents cleanup, assess storm damage

Jun 23, 2016
Chris Morisse Vizza

The 1,500 residents of Brookston spent Thursday without power, due to strong winds that felled dozens of trees and damaged buildings.

Most everyone in town, and on the outskirts, mentioned the sound of the wind that arrived with a storm just after midnight Thursday morning.

“I’ve never seen the wind like that last night,” Ken Lucas says. “That was just unbelievable.”

The hum of generators replaced the wind, as residents, including Lucas emerged from their houses and saw the damage.

White County CAFO Rule Would Join Patchwork Of Regulations

May 12, 2016
Annie Ropeik/Indiana Public Broadcasting

White County is on its way to passing the state's first rule for protecting a waterway from big livestock farms. It's designed to shield the Tippecanoe River Basin and its residents from pollution and farm odors.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

White County officials are in the process of designating a mandatory distance between a confined animal feeding operation, or CAFO, and a body of water.

The White County Area Planning Commission wrote the ordinance back in April. The rule creates a mile and a half buffer zone between confined animal feeding operations, CAFOs, and the county’s major waterways.

Hog Buyers See A Big Market For Small Pigs

Apr 13, 2016
Annie Ropeik/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana has the fifth largest pig farming industry in the country, turning out 8.5 million hogs a year. But some are too small for the huge slaughterhouses that require pigs to be a certain size and condition for speedy processing.

Now, Indiana's industry to broker these smaller pigs is growing.

Nebraska-based Wiechman Pig Company opened a new facility in Delphi in late March. Inside, a big, friendly sow greets manager Jeff Petree. She's one of a couple dozen pigs he bought from Indiana farmers in his opening week.

White County Hog Barn Raises Environmental Concerns

Oct 13, 2015
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For the second time in two years, the White County Area Plan commission will consider a rezoning request for a confined feeding hog operation that is opposed by neighboring residents.

Gary and Connie Rice want to build a barn that would house 4,000 hogs on nearly seven acres of land.

To do that, the land must be rezoned from General Agriculture to Agricultural Industry.

Blizzard Warning for White, Cass counties

Jan 5, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for White and Cass counties from Sunday night until Monday 7 a.m.

Meteorologists say heavy snow will taper off Sunday night with total accumulations of ten to 16 inches. The winds will increase to 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. They say the result is blowing and drifting snow overnight with blizzard conditions.

Temperatures are expected to drop drastically overnight with lows between five and 15 degrees below zero. Wind chills between 30 and 45 below zero are possible through Tuesday.

Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

A multi-million dollar project in White County has begun. Minnesota-based Magnetation is building a $350 million plant in Reynolds that will recycle iron waste to produce iron ore concentrate. The company is working with AK Steel, which will use the iron pellets produced there.

Magnetation CEO Larry Lehtinen says the facility will use the latest technology to make it one of the most efficient plants of its kind.

$350M iron plant coming to White Co.

Nov 27, 2012

A Minnesota company is making a $350-million investment in White County.

Magnetation is planning to build an iron ore pellet plant in Reynolds, which is about 45-minutes from Lafayette.

The facility will recycle iron waste to produce iron ore concentrate.

County Commission President John Heimlich says the project will inject life into the local economy.

“I think, if (residents) see that a company like this sees our area as good place to do business, I think other companies will see that, as well.”

The plant is expected to create 100 jobs by 2015.