Bosma Gets to Work on Larger Facility

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The building on Corporate Drive formerly housed Australian Gold. The building on Corporate Drive formerly housed Australian Gold.

A wall-breaking ceremony Thursday morning will mark the beginning of a significant expansion for Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises. The nonprofit, which provides job and training opportunities for people with visual impairments, says the space will boost warehousing, programming and production.

The organization is locating to a former Australian Gold facility on the city's northwest side. Bosma says space for the business will increase by more than 30 percent and rehabilitation space by 50 percent.

It plans to continue operating out of its Woodland Drive location in Indianapolis and sell its Zionsville Road facility once move-in is complete next year.

Bosma's efforts extend beyond job skills, with offerings range from home-making to technical training in an effort to help people become fully-independent without vision. The space could help reduce a current wait list of several months for services.

Chief Executive Officer Lou Moneymaker says “we are thrilled at the potential for growth this purchase provides to fulfill our mission of creating opportunities for people who are blind, who would otherwise face a 70 percent unemployment rate.

Thursday's ceremony will include Bosma executives, as well as Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor David Hampton.

The project is expected to be complete in March.

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