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Abatement approved for MSNF

A tax abatement was granted to MSNF at Monday’s LaGrange County Council meeting. Mark Schlabach is the principal in MSNF. Schlabach, who had owned Shipshe Welding, recently sold the business to Forest River. The firm was located at the corner of 850W and U. S. 20.

Schlabach bought 20 acres from Cletus Eash located on US 20 west of KZ Manufacturing and will put up a new building at a cost of $748,000. A 10-year tax abatement was allowed by the LaGrange County Council on the real estate an new building.

Shipshe Welding currently has 14 employees, and it is anticipated that the new facility will add an additional 14 employees. The new building keeps the jobs in LaGrange County rather than having the business moved into an existing building in Elkhart County, according to LaGrange County Economic Development Director Keith Gillenwater who presented the project to council.

In other council business, Council on Aging (COA) Director Cheri Perkins presented the COA budget for 2014 to council members. Perkins had previously presented her agency’s numbers to county commissioners.

“I will not be asking for any additional funding in 2014,” she stated. “We have received $40,000 from county government for as far back as I can remember.” Perkins emphasized that the county portion of the budget is very important as both state and federal dollars are dependent on local funding.

Council members approved the transfer of funds totaling nearly $30,000 in various county department budgets. Members also agreed that the $10,000 bill from Garmong Construction should be paid. This was a settlement payment for failure to fulfill a contract for a shell building at Fawn River Crossing.