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ALBION, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Noble County Economic Development Corp. is launching a virtual job board and other workforce resources to help attract and retain talent. The organization says the Work Noble website aims to help workers facing job loss and career transition, especially following the closure announcement from LSC Communications affecting more than 300 workers.

The EDC, along with Kendallville Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe, WorkOne Northeast, and other local stakeholders, say they’ve been working together to form strategies to help local workers through the transition.

“At this early stage of launch, Work Noble already has nearly 300 job opportunities at 16 locations identified,” said Gary Gatman, executive director of the Noble County EDC. “We know there are a lot of good job prospects right here in Noble County and want every worker affected by job loss due to the pandemic, or for any other reason, to know they are valued. Our rapid response team is here to help them stay local and thrive.”

The organization says Work Noble is a permanent addition to the county’s economic development efforts. Gatman says his team is working with LSC Communications and two job fairs will be held in Kendallville in October.

In addition to finding local jobs, the EDC says users can navigate the Skill Up section with links to various programs offered locally. Local nonprofit agencies are also available to help with household transitions and any short-term financial hardships as a result of job loss.

ALBION, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A Michigan-based technology services provider has announced plans to grow its Noble County operations. Bosch says it will invest nearly $6 million to expand its facility in Albion to accommodate additional manufacturing equipment and warehousing space, as well as add 16 jobs.

The company says the project will add more than 100,000 square feet of space to the facility, for a total of 264,200 square feet.

“The planned expansion will enable us to serve even more customers with products that play a key role in the vehicles of today and tomorrow,” said Dan Gallo, plant manager for Bosch in Albion. “This expansion is a validation of the continued hard work and dedication of our team in Albion.”

The Albion facility manufactures engine cooling fans, pumps and valves for the company’s Mobility Solutions business unit and currently employs more than 280 workers.

Work on the project is expected to be complete by June 2021.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered Bosch up to $200,000 in conditional tax credits, which the company will not be eligible to claim until Hoosier workers are hired for the new jobs. 

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – A 59-year-old man died in a crash Friday afternoon on State Road 37 in White River Township, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said.

James J. Moran of Martinsville died in the four-vehicle crash about 2:40 p.m. on the state highway at Fairview Road, about a mile south of the Johnson-Marion county line, said Maj. Duane Burgess with the sheriff’s department.

Moran was driving a red 2006 GMC Sonoma and slowing for a traffic light at the intersection when a white 2006 Kenworth semitractor-trailer struck the rear of the pickup truck. The semi was driven by Michael W. Burke, 59, of Indianapolis. Moran’s truck was forced off the road, rolled over once, struck an light pole and came to rest in a ditch, Burgess said. The tailgate flew off the truck and struck a red 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck stopped at the light and driven by Christopher J. Clements, 48, of Camby. Clements had been waiting to turn left from Fairview Road onto southbound State Road 37.

After hitting the Sonoma, the semi also struck a green 2014 Subaru sport-utility vehicle driven by Jacqueline L. Gordon, 72, of Albion.

The semi driver voluntarily submitted to a blood test; the results are pending. The sheriff’s department is continuing to investigate the accident.

ALBION, Ind. (WANE) — A tiger at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has died of cancer.

Delilah passed away overnight inside her den after a brief illness, the sanctuary wrote in a Facebook post. The 20-year-old tiger had been under watch over the weekend and was seen by a veterinarian Sunday evening. Black Pine wrote in the post that Delilah was being treated for pain and had a full examination scheduled for Wednesday “if the elderly cat rallied enough to do so safely.”

“Sadly, that was not to be.”

A later Facebook post said a necropsy confirmed Delilah had cancer.

“Diffuse lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the production of white blood cells responsible for producing antibodies, was evident, found on the cat’s spleen, throughout her intestines, and likely had spread to other organs as well though no further exploration was deemed necessary,” the Facebook post said. “This ailment would have not been confirmed through blood tests, and at her advanced age was not treatable.”

Delilah came to Black Pine in 2012 along with tigers Sammie, Taz and Ticha from Tiger Paw Rescue Center in Ohio. She was a “photo prop for profit” in her youth, the sanctuary wrote.

Black Pine said Delilah lived a “quiet, private life” at the sanctuary.

“Rest In Peace, beautiful wildcat,” the sanctuary wrote. “You deserve to run free now.”

Black Pine said its Turkey Day event on Saturday would be dedicated to Delilah.