Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana
Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana is a dynamic community located 58 miles northeast of Indianapolis in the east central portion of the state. Muncie, the county seat, comprises nearly sixty percent of Delaware County’s population. Our community is grounded with a diverse economic base that includes advanced manufacturing, information technology, logistics, and life science firms. Top notch educational institutions and a regional medical hospital grace the community. Ball State University (18,000 students) and Ivy Tech Community College (4,000 students) with nationally acclaimed educational departments and programs can provide your business with a wide assortment of quality applicants.
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Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Officer, President/CEO
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Jay is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Marion, IN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 1979. Jay joined the Muncie Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2009. Julian is the former Executive Director of Development Services with City of Marion, IN. Prior to this, he was the Planning Director for the City of Anderson, IN. Jay has received awards for IACT Economic Recovery, Historic Preservation Commission Award, and Indiana Black Expo Chairman’s Award.
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Terry Murphy
Vice President, Economic Development
Terry Murphy, who has more than 25 years experience in the field of economic development, came to the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in 1991. He has been involved in all areas of economic development, including: business marketing and recruitment, business retention and expansion, shell building and incubator program development, downtown development, international business development, technology development, infrastructure development, and fundraising.
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Traci Lutton
Senior Project Director, Economic Development
In her role at the Economic Development Alliance, Ms. Lutton leverages economic development resources to sustain and enhance the economic growth, vitality and global competitiveness of Muncie-Delaware County as a superior business location. Lutton markets the community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to private investors, corporations, and site selectors through recruitment trips, website, tradeshows and other methods. Traci has knowledge and experience with a range of site selection and development services.
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Brad Bookout
Director, Delaware County Redevelopment Commission
Brad Bookout is a graduate of Ball State University with a BS, Political Science/Criminal Justice. Brad specializes in Municipal and Non-profit Consulting as it relates to economic development, project financing, project implementation, project management, business development, grant writing, brownfield reuse, policy development, and strategic planning.
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Todd Donati
Director, Muncie Redevelopment Commission
In his role as Director of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission, Todd Donati works closely with city administration and the Economic Development Alliance. Donati also serves as the Administrator of the Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund.
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Ashley Surpas
Economic Development Coordinator
Ashley Surpas, from Muncie, Indiana, came to the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance in July of 2012 after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Executive Development for Public Service. Surpas volunteers with Project Leadership in Delaware County and serves on the Anderson-Muncie Public Transportation Coalition.
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Erin Ailstock
Membership Director
As the Membership Director for the Chamber, Erin is responsible for membership sales and retention. She also works to develop and implement programs and opportunities that provide value to Chamber members.
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Brenda Brumfield
Director of Community & Government Relations
Prior to joining the Chamber team, Brenda was a legislative aide for the Indiana House of Representatives, and a speechwriter for the House Republican caucus. Brumfield joined the Chamber staff in 1992. She worked as the Director of Advocacy until 1998 when she left to pursue other opportunities with her growing family. She rejoined the Chamber team as Director of Community & Government Relations in May of 2007. Her responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the business community and elected officials at the local, state and national level. She also plans events to allow chamber members the opportunity to interact with elected officials. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
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Brittany Collins
Marketing Coordinator
As the Marketing Coordinator, Brittany handles social media and internal and external marketing efforts for the Chamber of Commerce.
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Nancy Norris
Human Resource Director and Executive Assistant
Born and raised in Muncie, Nancy Norris joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2006. Previously Vice President and Trust Office for Indiana Trust Co. and Vice President and Trust Officer at American National Bank, Norris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, Norris is the President of the Muncie Artist Guild, on the Board of the Altrusa Foundation, Vice President of Programs for the East Central Indiana Human Resource Association, and a member of Altrusa of Muncie.
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Gaynelle Junga
Gaynelle Junga graduated from the University of Evansville in 1979, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. In 1985, she obtained her CPA license. Gaynelle worked for Delco Remy, a components division of General Motors, from 1979 to 1987, where she held various financial positions in cost, forecast, budget and in a manufacturing plant as controller. In 1998, she assumed the Controller position in a job-sharing environment for the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Advancement Corporation and the Horizon Convention Center.
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Rona Buttry
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Rona Buttry joined the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Advancement Corporation as Controller in 1998. Rona worked in private industry before joining the Muncie organization, having worked as an Accounting Consultant for Muncie Delphi Automotive Systems, Anderson Delphi Automotive Systems and Delco Remy America. Rona is a 1980 graduate of Anderson College (University), a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Rona is a graduate of the Academy for Community Leadership and serves as a mentor in the Chamber’s Project Leadership program. She is a member of WIBU and active in her local church and community.
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  • May 18, 2015
    ADVANCE East Central Indiana to host Regional Summit June 9th
    The Regional Summit for the ADVANCE East Central Indiana planning effort will be hosted June 9th, from 6 to 8pm at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 South High Street, in downtown Muncie. Anyone from Blackford, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties interested in providing input that will help shape the future of the region should attend. The program includes sharing the State of the Region report, discussing potential projects for inclusion in the regional development plan, and generating big ideas for the future of the region.
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  • May 04, 2015
    ADVANCE East Central Indiana Kicks-off Regional Planning Effort
    The Steering Committee for the ADVANCE East Central Indiana regional cities planning effort, will begin its public process this week. The initial meetings for participating counties will be conducted beginning May 5. The focus of these meetings is to discuss each county’s opportunities for the future, including identifying important potential projects, according to Terry Murphy, Vice President Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance and a lead coordinator for ADVANCE.
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  • April 09, 2015
    ASONS Bringing Hundreds of Jobs to Delaware County
    Governor Mike Pence joined Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and executives from ASONS, a national facilities management provider, today to announce the company’s plans to expand its corporate headquarters here, creating up to 316 new jobs by 2024.
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  • March 03, 2015
    City Council Approves Preliminary Resolution for Trilogy Health Care of Muncie, LLC
    At its March 2, 2015, meeting the Muncie City Council approved a preliminary resolution allowing for designation of an economic revitalization area (ERA) and approval of a three year tax abatement on a $4 million expansion by Trilogy Health Care of Muncie, LLC. The Council will hold a public hearing and take final action on this measure at its April 6th meeting.
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  • February 20, 2015
    Mid-West Metal Products Gets Approval from Local CReED Board
    The Delaware County Advisory Council for Economic Development reviewed an application from Mid-West Metal Products for use of the CReED investment tax credit program and received a favorable recommendation. The application will now be forwarded to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for their approval.
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  • October 28, 2014
    Council Approves Artisan Tool & Die Investment Incentive
    The Delaware County Council unanimously approved a five-year tax phase-in (tax abatement) incentive on a $450,000 capital investment to Artisan Tool and Die, LLC.  The company, located on State Road 28, started out in 1980 as a small machine shop designing and building some very precise injection molds. It has continued to grow over time and has turned into one of the most advanced heavy mold repair and modification facilities in the Midwest.
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  • May 22, 2014
    Bell Aquaculture to Open Feed Mill for Aquaculture Industry
    Bell Aquaculture announced today plans to open a feed mill to supply feed for the local and national aquaculture industry. The new mill, located at Bell Farms in Albany, Indiana, will be the first of its kind to locally produce feed to service the aquaculture industry on a mass scale using local Indiana ingredients.
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  • May 12, 2014
    Delaware County, IN to Construct 200,000 SF Expandable Shell Building in Industria Centre Industrial Park
    Delaware County, IN government officials, economic development leaders, Delaware Advancement Corporation, and Garmong Construction announced today that the construction of a new 200,000 square foot shell building feet is underway. Located on a 34-acre site in the Industria Centre Industrial Park, the pre-cast concrete building will feature 32 foot ceilings and will be expandable to 500,000 square feet.
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  • May 08, 2014
    Precision Components Manufacturer Chooses Delaware County For Growth
    Mursix Corporation, a manufacturer of precision components, announced plans today to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 108 new jobs by 2017.
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  • April 10, 2014
    Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance Reports Vision 2016 Year Two Results
    The Muncie-Delaware County, IN Economic Development Alliance held a breakfast event at the Horizon Convention Center to report on the year two progress of the Vision 2016 Economic Development Program. The event as attended by program investors, elected officials, and community leaders.
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  • March 04, 2014
    City of Muncie, Indiana & Arc of Indiana Announce New Downtown Teaching Hotel
    Governor Mike Pence joined officials from The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, today to announce state support for the training institute and teaching hotel in Muncie, which will provide postsecondary education opportunities for people with disabilities.
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  • September 27, 2013
    Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Delegation Returns from Successful China Trip
    Local economic development officials recently completed a ten-day business marketing trip to the cities of Hangzhou and Zhuji City in China. The delegation consisted of James King, Delaware County Commissioner, Brad Bookout representing the Mayor of Muncie and Terry Murphy, Vice President of Economic Development for the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance.
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  • August 07, 2013
    Halal Processing Solutions, Inc. To Open New Plant in Muncie
    Halal Processing Solutions, Inc, a new food processing business startup, headed by a group of Texas business partners is in the process of remodeling the former Monogram Comfort foods building located at 2100 East Willard Street in Muncie and will be opening a new food processing and manufacturing plant that will produce products for Islamic and Jewish customers.
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  • June 19, 2013
    Mobile Powerstation Producer Announces Corporate Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana
    Local government and business leaders joined officials from DD Dannar LLC today to announce a new corporate headquarters, high-tech engineering, and Mobile PowerStation® assembly facility in Muncie, Indiana. DD Dannar LLC, a producer of alternatively powered heavy equipment for the governmental sector, will create 288 new jobs and will invest as much as $4.65 million in real estate improvements, equipment, and technology over the next 4 years. The company will initially occupy 25,000 sq. ft. in the Delaware County-owned Business Center facility, located at 4620 W. Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN. Additional space will be added as the company grows.
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  • May 31, 2013
    Electro-motive Re-enters Passenger Locomotive Market With Contract to Supply Los Angeles Area With First New Tier 4 Passenger Locomotives in North America
    Caterpillar Inc.'s Rail Division, which includes Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., (EMD) a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corporation, announced today it has signed an agreement with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) to supply up to 20 EMD F125 low-emission Spirit series passenger locomotives for operation on Metrolink, the commuter rail service provider in Southern California. With this announcement, Metrolink becomes the first passenger railroad to purchase new transit locomotives designed to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 emissions standards in North America. Delivery will begin in 2015.
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  • May 13, 2013
    Muncie Site Receives First Data Center Qualified Designation
    A Muncie site has earned the distinction of becoming Indiana’s first and only Data Center Qualified site, Indiana Michigan Power announced.
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  • May 08, 2013
    Townsend Corporation Chooses Muncie for Corporate Headquarters Relocation
    The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance announced the relocation of the Townsend Corporation Corporate Headquarters from Parker City, IN, to the 63,000 sq. ft. former Ontario Systems Building, located at 1120 W. Jackson, St.  The headquarters will be occupied more than 35 employees on the Townsend executive and support staff, resulting in approximately $3 million in annual payroll. Additionally, the company plans to make nearly $1 million in improvements to the facility.
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  • March 28, 2013
    Structural Casting Manufacturer Expands in Muncie
    Delaware Dynamics, LLC, a provider of die casting services, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 13 new jobs by 2015.
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  • March 26, 2013
    Automotive Supplier Expanding Again in Delaware County
    The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance announced today that Magna Powertrain of America, Inc., an automotive components manufacturer, plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 76 new jobs by 2016.
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  • December 11, 2012
    Muncie-Delaware County EDA Exceeds $4 Million Fundraising Goal, Discusses Year One Progress
    The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance held a combined Victory Breakfast and Annual Meeting today at the Horizon Convention Center.  It was announced that the $4 million fundraising effort to finance the new five-year Vision 2016 economic development program was not only achieved, but exceeded.  It marks the largest economic development fundraising effort in the history of Muncie-Delaware County.
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  • October 25, 2012
    Chamber Honors Business Leaders at Annual Dinner
    The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards dinner on October 25 with over 300 business and community leaders in attendance.  The event, held at Horizon Convention Center, is the Chamber’s annual awards event.
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  • July 27, 2012
    Muncie Announces Sallie Mae Expansion Adding 200 New Local Jobs
    Local government and business leaders joined Sallie Mae officials in announcing a major expansion of the Muncie customer service center.  Sallie Mae, the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education, will add 200 new jobs and invest as much as $5 million in real estate improvements and technology. A 20,200-square foot building expansion will provide work space to raise Sallie Mae’s employment level in Muncie to 900 employees with over $30 million in annual payroll.  The expanded facility located in Muncie’s Airpark Industrial Park will be nearly 75,000 square feet.
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  • July 24, 2012
    Magna Powertrain Announces Expansion in Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana
    Magna Powertrain of Muncie has announced plans for a 50,000 square foot expansion at their Cowan Road facility, investing $8.9 million in equipment and $2.9 million in real estate. The expansion, which includes 21 new jobs, will allow Magna to expand their manufacturing capacity to fulfill their customers’ increased production requirements and will better equip them to handle additional future growth
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  • June 06, 2012
    Spartech to add more than 30 jobs as part of expansion to Muncie packaging facility
    Spartech, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, today announced its plans for an expansion of its packaging facility in Muncie, Ind. Upon completion of the project, Spartech will have added 32 jobs at its Muncie plant. The announcement was made at an on-site event that featured Muncie’s Mayor Dennis Tyler and Spartech’s Senior Vice President of Packaging Technologies, Carol O’Neill.
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  • January 26, 2012
    Economic Development Alliance Hosts Progress Rail Career Fair
    The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance will host a career fair on behalf of Progress Rail Manufacturing Corporation, a locomotive manufacturing plant in Muncie, Indiana. The fair will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Delaware Hall at the Horizon Convention Center, 401 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47305.
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  • January 24, 2012
    The Site Selectors Guild Honors Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance at the Annual Excellence in Economic Development Awards
    The membership of the Site Selectors Guild (Guild) recently announced the winners of the first annual Excellence in Economic Development awards. The Guild awards recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to investment attraction and job creation in their respective communities. The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) was recognized by the Guild for “Excellence in Economic Development at the County Level.”
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  • November 21, 2011
    Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance Earns Reaccreditation by the International Economic Development Council
    The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Muncie-Delaware County, Indiana Economic Development Alliance has once again been recognized as one of 29 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 1996 and last accredited in 2009, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member. 
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  • March 23, 2011
    Mid-West Metal Products to Construct New Facility in Delaware County
    Mid-West Metal Products, a fabricated wire and sheet metal manufacturing company will be investing over $6 million in new equipment and real estate improvements within the ABB Community Revitalization Enhancement District (CReED) adjacent to the Industria Centre Industrial Park. This is the second major investment in the ABB CReED District in the last 5 months. A new 150,660 square foot office and manufacturing facility will be constructed at 23rd Street and Cowan Road and will result in the retention of 44 jobs and $2.8 million in annual payroll. 
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  • October 29, 2010
    Locomotive Maker, Progress Rail Services to Locate Assembly Operation in Muncie, IN
    In the fourth announcement of its kind this week, Governor Mitch Daniels joined executives from rail industry supplier, Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., announced today the company's plans to locate a locomotive manufacturing facility in Muncie to serve the diesel-electric locomotive market and position the company to participate in future transit rail projects.  Progress Rail, which will operate the facility through a new subsidiary, anticipates this project could create up to 650 new jobs by 2012.
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  • October 07, 2010
    Global Powertrain Supplier to Expand Muncie, Indiana Operations
    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, together with automotive supplier Magna Powertrain, an operating group of Magna International, and the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance announced today the company’s plans to expand its transmission components manufacturing operations in Muncie, IN, creating approximately 50 new jobs through 2011. 
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  • December 18, 2009
    Twoson Tool / Mursix Corporation Expanding
    At an 11:30am news conference held at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Twoson Tool, a division of Mursix Corporation announced that it would be expanding, purchasing the TK Constructors building in the Park One Business Park, adding a 100,000 square foot addition and adding between 150 and 250 new jobs with a projected annual payroll of $4.7 to $7.9 million. The total investment from the project is projected to be in excess of $12 million. Mursix, headquartered in Muncie-Delaware County, is a full service manufacturer providing engineering and product realization services to high tech industries such as medical, communications, automotive and appliance.
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