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Business

  • New Dollar General set to open next year

    A new Dollar General is set for construction near the corner of Fourth and Vine Streets in Mount Vernon.

    A spokesperson for Dollar General said the company is currently in their “due diligence” phase.

    “This means we’re interested in adding a new location to Posey County, but have not committed to the project yet,” said Crystal Ghassemi, of corporate communications at Dollar General.  

    A final decision on the project will be made by early spring 2017.

  • Soybean farmer meets with Japanese buyers

    The soybeans Carl Schmitz grows on his farm are harvested and shipped to places far from Posey County. On Oct. 5, the farmer met face-to-face with the international buyers of his organic crops.

  • Kuhlenschmidt’s whiskey distillery opens

    When Dr. Duane Kuhlenschmidt’s son, Jesse, came to his father several years ago with the idea of opening a distillery, Kuhlenschmidt wasn’t thrilled.

     “If we both knew how much work this was going to take, I don’t think we would have ever done it,” said Kuhlenschmidt, an anesthesiologist and Posey County native.

    But at Dusty Barn’s grand opening Oct. 1, all the hard work seemed to have paid off.

  • Poseyville company experiences 700 percent growth

    Nix Companies has become a model for rapid growth and success in the last five years.

    The Poseyville-based metal works business has seen a 700 percent increase in growth since 2011. That’s an average of 140-percent each year for the past five years.

    It has transitioned from a handful of family members to 34 full-time employees. It is now the 27th fastest growing manufacturer in the nation, and last month, it became one of 14 companies recognized by the state as a 2016 Indiana Business to Watch.

  • New Harmony Designs Gallery offers high-end art

    Artwork was still being unpacked and nails were being driven into the walls when New Harmony Designs Gallery opened its doors to the public last Saturday.

    The new working gallery is the brainchild of co-owners Len Blackwell and Rick Gooden.

    Gooden, who is also the owner of New Harmony Woodworks, said he’s had the idea for a high-end working gallery for seven or eight years. After a property became available on Main Street, Gooden discussed the business venture with Blackwell. The two men ran with the idea.

  • Local man tows in new business

      By Tiffany Stallings

    “I used to tell people my parents were illiterate, so they just took two letters and put them together,” L.B. Jackson joked while explaining the uniqueness of his first name.  

  • Clementine’s offers good reads at affordable prices

    By Rachel Christian

    Nanette and Jerry Stump named their New Harmony business after their loyal rescue dog, Clementine. Their latest rescue, a nine-year-old rotund bulldog named Bentley, now greets store visitors…when he’s not napping behind the counter, that is.

  • Consigned to Design on a dime

    By Tiffany Stallings

    Consigned to Design celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, July 9. To set the day in motion, owners Janice Carr and Charleen King hosted a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., followed by refreshments and door prizes provided to the public.

    The business showcases a variety of consigned home goods, from window draperies to bedroom furniture. Carr and King will begin taking new consignment pieces by appointment on Monday, July 11.

  • Ceramics business opens in Mount Vernon

    A new business will give Mount Vernon residents an opportunity to show their artistic side. Shelley and Jimmy Walker recently opened Southern Yankee Ceramics and Gifts on West Second Street, located in the former Artic Cat building.

    “The ceramics are handmade and poured locally. A customer can come in, pick out a piece they want; then we do our own pouring and firing and the customer can paint it,” Shelley explained.

  • County approves abatement for CGB’s $31million expansion

    The Posey County Council approved a tax abatement for CGB to move forward with a $31 million expansion of the plant’s soybean facility, resulting in new equipment and jobs.

    A tax abatement is a tool used to help existing companies grow and attract new business to a community.