Swager Communications Inc. on Friday announced plans to create at least 15 new jobs by March. The Fremont defense contractor has created 28 jobs since February.
Dan Swager, the family-owned companys president, said the firm is searching for the right employees.
The major challenge weve faced is finding the workers with the skills and training needed to fill our positions in the field, he said in a statement.
Tim Swager, another employee, said the company had to omit many details in its announcement because of the defense industrys security concerns.
Founded in 1950, Swager Communications designs, makes and erects steel towers for the defense and transportation industries.
Crop loans available again to local farms
Crop commodity loans are once again being processed and dispersed, officials with the U.S. Agriculture Departments Farm Service Agency announced Friday.
The loan programs provide interim financing to farmers during the period between when crops are harvested and when they are sold, possibly months later.
Budget cuts known as sequester forced the agency to suspend the loans while it made required changes. Juan Garcia, the administrator, said the agency had to comply with the law that calls for a 5.1 percent reduction in loan amounts.
We regret the delay this has created in USDA issuing marketing assistance loans because we know how critical the loans are to farmers cash flows at this time of year, he said in a statement.
Whitley opens office for workers to share
The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. is opening an office where entrepreneurs, small-business owners and others can share space, officials announced this week.
This project represents a collaboration among local partners to provide shared office space to meet the needs of EDC clients, Alan Tio said in a statement. Tio is president of the economic development organization.
Officials are hosting an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the EDC Outpost, 114 N. Chauncey St. in Columbia City.
Seven companies are now signed up to use the 746-square-foot space, which offers amenities including worktables and chairs, a meeting area, a lounge area, wireless Internet, wireless printer and copier.
YLNI accepting leader applications
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana is accepting applications for its 2014 Leadership Institute. Classes will run from late January to mid-April.
The Leadership Institute connects established community leaders with young leaders who are seeking personal and professional development.
The cost is $325 for YLNI members. The $375 fee for nonmembers includes a one-year membership. Six classes will be held Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at various locations in Fort Wayne.
Justin Shurley, YLNIs vice president of leadership development, said the institute provides resources to a new generation of leaders.
Year after year, each participant is empowered to take a more active role in the leadership of northeast Indiana by studying a variety of professional topics, he said in a statement.
For more information, go to YLNI.org.