The LaGrange County Redevelopment Commission approved a request from the Therma-Tru company in Howe for $25,000 from the TIF district to upgrade the parking lot at the facility.
The money had been originally earmarked to make rail line improvements to the line coming down from Michigan. However, the owners of the rail line felt there would not be enough traffic to warrant making repairs on their portion, and the idea was dropped.
At the same time, the company, which had expected to hire 45 people, hired up to 130 employees, putting a real crunch on the business’ parking area.
The RDC approved taking the initial $25,000 and earmarking it for the parking upgrade.