Wisconsin-based Gro Alliance LLC is planning to pump $4 million into an expansion in LaGrange County. Upgrades to the Howe facility will include corn dryers, a new warehouse and additional bulk bagging operations. April 22, 2014

News Release

HOWE, Ind. (March 20, 2014) – The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with Gro Alliance LLC are pleased to announce the expansion of the companies facility located in rural Howe, IN.

Gro Alliance, LLC was founded as a family farm in 1941. The 3rd generation company is headquartered in Cuba City, WI, and has operations in five mid-western states. The company has operated and maintained a facility in Howe, IN since 2007. The Howe facility operates as a seed corn drying facility and distribution point for their products. The $4,000,000 expansion in Howe will add the addition of a new 44,000 square-foot warehouse facility as well as 6 new corn dryers. Additionally, bulk bagging operations will be incorporated into the facility which is currently done out of state.

“We are proud to be a partner with LaGrange County,” said Jim Schweigert, President of Gro Alliance LLC. “This investment into our Howe facility will help to ensure a long-term relationship with not only LaGrange County but our customers and growers in the area as well. We see a very bright future for our company and the community.”

“Gro Alliance LLC is a great company and we're excited that they saw the opportunities that LaGrange County can provide to expand their operations,” said Keith Gillenwater, president & CEO of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation. “Gro Alliance is a cornerstone of our agri-business community, which is an important foundation of our LaGrange County economy. Our agribusiness sector is diverse, from seed corn and crop production to organic farming to various specialty livestock operations and is a true asset for LaGrange County and Northeast Indiana.”

About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation

The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit www.lagrangecountyedc.com or call at 260.499.4994

About Gro Alliance, LLC Founded in 1941, Gro Alliance has a proud history of providing high quality seed and specialty crop production and has consistently exceeded the expectations of some of the most demanding companies and organizations in the world. With its diverse production history, Gro Alliance is an ideal partner for your agriculture supply chain, no matter the size or complexity. Gro Alliance has a history of diverse crop production including GMO and non-GMO corn and soybean seed, organic corn, food grade soybeans and yellow, white, blue and red specialty corn grain and seed. Find out more at www.groalliance.com or at (608) 744-7333.

Source: The LaGrange County Economic Development Corp.

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