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Ag cooperative expanding in Whitley County

(photo courtesy of Ag Plus)

SOUTH WHITLEY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — South Whitley-based Ag Plus Inc. is expanding its northeast Indiana operations. The agriculture cooperative is planning to invest $5.6 million to build a new manufacturing and storage facility in Columbia City and create a small number of jobs.

Ag Plus, which has five facilities in Whitley County and six more elsewhere in the region, specializes in agronomy, energy, feed, grain and turf, as well as retail.

The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. says the 37,000-square-foot facility will add more than 10,000 tons of storage capacity for the co-op and provide space to continue manufacturing crop nutrients.

“The expansion allows for improved efficiency for area ag producers and Ag Plus,” Jeff Mize, chief executive officer of Ag Plus, said in a news release.

The Whitley County Council has approved a tax abatement for the project. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin this fall and be complete in March of next year.