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DOVER, Ind. (WISH) — A hearing has been set to present details of a project to improve State Road 32 west of I-65 and the city of Lebanon.

The Indiana Department of Transportation hearing will be from 6-9 p.m. May 11 at Western Boone Junior-Senior High School, 1205 State Road 75, near Thorntown.

The goal of the project is to restore the road surface’s “rideability” and to add passing lanes, an INDOT news release says.

The project also would improve access to a gas station and convenience store on the southwest corner of state roads 32 and 75 in the unincorporated community of Dover.

The project covers nearly 10 miles.

Two-way traffic and access to homes and businesses should maintained during the project.

The estimated cost is $16.5 million, using both federal and state funds.

An INDOT website offers added details on the project. The plans can also be viewed at Lebanon Public Library, 104 E. Washington St.. The plans also are available at the INDOT Crawfordsville District facility at 41 Montgomery County Road West 300 North, just northwest of the I-74 interchange for U.S. 231 near Crawfordsville.

Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and through May 26. Send them to the attention of Dylan Sievers at 8770 North Street, Suite 110, Fishers, IN 46038; at 317-588-1739; or at

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) –Police in Lebanon are looking for who may be responsible for a shooting early Friday morning, according to a press release.

Police were called for a report of shots fired in the 900 block of Evans Street at 6:00 a.m. When police arrived on scene, they found a male on the front porch of the home with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Care was provided until medics arrived and transported the man to an Indianpolis hospital. A female on scene was transported to the Lebanon police department for questioning.

Lebanon police say this is an isolated investigation and do not believe there is any concern for the public’s safety.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A global distribution company headquartered in New York is setting up shop in central Indiana. PCA Group, which provides logistics and digital marketing services for the beauty and wellness sector, has opened a distribution facility in Lebanon and plans to add more than 100 jobs.

The company has invested about $500,000 in equipment and training for the 89,000-square-foot facility. A spokesperson for PCA Group tells Inside INdiana Business the location was chosen for its central position, allowing the company to ship products to most of the Midwest within two days.

PCA Group has also opened a new distribution facility and a second headquarters location in New York City.

“We’re kicking off 2022 by investing heavily in developing a department-agnostic project management practice to enable efficient, consistent execution of key projects, particularly those that enable cross-department collaboration,” PCA Group President Piyush Golia said in a news release. “Adding these new investments positions the company well as we build out our tailored strategy by region with holistic offerings, including logistics, retail, licensing, manufacturing, and e-commerce strategies.”

The new distribution center at 317 S. Enterprise Blvd. in Lebanon is fully operational.

PCA Group says its clients include premier beauty brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Derek Lam, Monique Lhuillier, Rachel Zoe, and FILA.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Indianapolis-based 1205 Distillery has announced plans for its third central Indiana location. The distillery says it will open a new tasting room and production site in downtown Lebanon.

Co-owner Nolan Hudson tells our partners at the Indianapolis Business Journal the new location will be built on the north side of the Boone County Courthouse. The 15,000-square-foot tasting room will include a bar, three stalls for food partners and a live music stage.

1205 Distillery currently has locations in Indianapolis and Westfield. Hudson says the new location will help meet growing demand.

“Right now, we are selling faster than we can produce,” Hudson said told the IBJ. “We’re trying to get our whiskey older and older, but it’s difficult. We’re going to be making almost a barrel per day. Right now, we’re at about a barrel per week.”

The distillery says it plans to begin construction in July with hopes for a winter opening.

You can read more about the project from the IBJ’s Dave Lindquist by clicking here.

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Connecticut-based GXO Logistics Inc. (NYSE: GXO) says it plans to hire more than 2,100 workers in the Indianapolis area to staff its two facilities during the holiday season. The company operates facilities in Lebanon and Clayton and will be hosting hiring events at each location.

GXO says it has open positions for material handlers, operations supervisors, robotic technicians, engineers, among others. In addition to holiday help, the company says it is hiring permanent, full-time, part-time, hourly and salaried roles.

GXO Hiring Event locations:

Lebanon: 135 South Mt. Zion Rd. Every Tuesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Clayton: 2121 Gateway Pt. Tuesdays from 9:30am to 5:30pm and Fridays 9:30am to 3:00pm

The company says it is looking to fill 9,000 jobs across North America. GXO says it is increasing the use of automation across its operations. The company says it plans to deploy 3,100 robots in North America by the end of 2021 and open nine new automated sites in the U.S.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The city of Lebanon is looking to add to the growing sports tourism movement in Boone County.

The city has announced a partnership with Noblesville-based Card & Associates Athletic Facilities to develop and operate a $25 million multisport venue that Mayor Matt Gentry says will “not only bring thousands of visitors to Lebanon, but also add a much-needed amenity for current Lebanon residents.”

The project is part of a planned hospitality and entertainment district that will include two hotels, as well as residential, retail, and medical office space spanning 95 acres near I-65 and State Road 39.

The district is being rolled out in multiple phases with the first representing a $113 million investment that will include the sports fieldhouse, a residential community, and city infrastructure and utilities work.

The new fieldhouse will be operated by Card & Associates and feature two turf fields and eight basketball courts, as well as 20,000-square-feet of tenant space. Site work and construction is expected to begin in mid-2022 with the facility slated to open in 2023.

Card & Associates has developed several sports facilities in central Indiana, including the Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield, Finch Creek Fieldhouse in Noblesville, and the Community Sports and Wellness Center in Pendleton. 

As part of the first phase, Philadelphia-based real estate company Bel Canto will develop the $72 million residential community, which will include luxury apartments and townhomes, a fitness center, resort-style pool, and other amenities. Bel Canto will manage the property once it is completed.

The additional portions of the project will take place over four phases:

The entire project is estimated for completion by 2028

Mayor Gentry and Andy Card with Card & Associates will further discuss the project on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, which airs Sunday at 10 a.m. on WISH-TV.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A corrugated cardboard manufacturer in Lebanon will host a job fair Wednesday as it looks to hire 75 workers. DS Smith opened in January 2020 and currently employs about 135 at the Boone County plant.

The company says it is looking to fill workers for all shifts, from entry-level to skilled machine operators.

Pay starts at $18 per hour. DS Smith says it still ramping up, but it intends to start a third shift. The company says the drive-thru job event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its facility at 800 Edwards Drive in Lebanon.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Boone Economic Development Corp. is launching its lifestyle brand, “Boone Living.” The EDC says the resident-focused marketing efforts include a newly-designed portion of its website, a lifestyle blog, and a series of short videos that highlight stories from the county’s employers, residents, and employees.

According to the EDC, the targeted marketing efforts are expected to improve the overall business and workforce attraction efforts and goals set by the Boone EDC.

“There is no better advocate for our communities than the voices of the people who live and work here,” said Chassity Neckers, director of marketing and communications. “There is such a breadth of knowledge, experience, and pride that I’ve found in marketing our communities in Boone County. This project capitalizes on that.”

The EDC says blog topics will include home improvement, local restaurant features, as well as retail and shopping tips, among other topics.

“This last year taught us that we can live and work anywhere. As this trend develops, research has shown that people will explore areas just outside major cities to make their move,” said Boone EDC Executive Director Molly Whitehead. “Boone County is uniquely positioned for this opportunity given our proximity to I-65, Lafayette, and downtown Indy. This effort is one way we can show potential employers, workers, and residents what life could be like when they move here.”

You can connect to the website and to the Boone Living brand by clicking here.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Connecticut-based XPO Logistics Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is looking to fill more than 150 jobs at its facility in Lebanon. The company will Tuesday host a hiring event at the facility to find employees for a variety of positions including material handlers, operations managers and quality specialists.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the facility, located at 135 South Mt. Zion Road in Lebanon. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply in advance, but walk-ins will also be welcome.

XPO Logistics says the job openings include a variety of shift options and come with full benefits on day one. You can learn more about the event and the available positions by clicking here.

LEBANON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Carmel-based Agrozen Life Sciences says it intends to open a new facility in Boone County, where it plans to expand the development and research of cannabidiol oil, or more commonly known as CBD oil. The company says the new location in Lebanon will allow it to combine office space, laboratories and R&D under one roof.

CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and is used in a variety of ways, including beauty care supplies and edible products.

Last fall, Agrozen received certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to run an analytical hemp testing laboratory.

Farmers are required to have their hemp crops tested before harvest to make sure it does not exceed the legal limit of tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

Hemp production in Indiana is licensed to some 280 growers who farm more than 8,900 acres of the crop.