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Growth Council holds annual luncheon

HAMMERING THE POINT: From left: Economic Growth Council President Brett Carey and Executive Director Tim Eckerle applaud the service of former president Bill Gartland during Thursday’s lnvestor Appreciation Luncheon.

BY Brian Powers - bpowers@chronicle-tribune.com

The Grant County Economic Growth Council held its 19th annual Investor Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday. The event, held at Gunner’s Grill at Meshingomesia Country Club, involved a lunch for guests, as well as a ceremony awarding representatives of businesses who invested $25,000 or more into the community during 2017.

During his speech Economic Growth Council President Brett Carey said over $81 million was invested into the community last year, by businesses of different size and stature.

“We have start-up businesses and businesses that have been in the community for years here,” Carey said.

Victoria Herring, the council’s Director of Business Development and Operation, said in an email how grateful the council is for all of the investors.

“All the contributions are important, and we are happy to recognize them all,” she said.

During the luncheon, the Growth Council handed out information sheets, which included their 2018 goals: connectivity, collaboration and maximize resources.

Aside from awarding investors, former Council President Bill Gartland was honored for his service to the community during his tenure.

Businesses who invested $25,000 in 2017

Able Ambulance

Advanced Cabinet Systems


American Auto Body

Armes-Hunt Funeral Home


Bahr Brothers

Bo’s Tire & Auto Service

Centro Holdings


Comfort Suites

Computer Age Engineering

Comfort Veterinary Properties

Dollar General


Earthwise Plastics

Fairmount Realty

First Option Inc.

Firstway Express Inc

Five Points Mall

Foreman & Sons, INC

Four Estates LLC, Marion Open MRI

General Cable

General Motors

Grant County Farm Bureau, INC

Greek’s Pizza


Heartland Beef

Holiday Inn Express

Hoosier Jiffy Print



Jmax Properties

Joe on the Go

Jtrans, Inc.

Kara Properties LLC (Rea Logan)

Kelsay Farms, INC


Marion General Hospital

Mason Village Apartments

Mathews Buick

Matthews Feed & Grain, Inc.


Modern Machine

Moorehead Communications

National Machinery and Conveyor Inc.

Needlers, Fresh Encounter

O Reilly Auto Parts

Ozark Materials

PC Brick Oven Pizza

Peerless Machine & Tool Corporation

Pioneer Packaging

Planet Fitness


Precision Tool

Pro Prints Gear

Regions Bank

Somerset Apartments

Star Lease Holding LLC

Stealth Trailers

Suite Living

Sweetser Partners LLC

Tender Loving Care Management

The Collins Group, Inc.

Thomas English Retail Real Estate (Harbor Freight)

TJR Equipment

Tree of Life Bookstores


Undercar Muffler Brake & Automotive

University Nursing Center


Wike Properties

Winterland Inc.

The Shred Shed

Star Bank Gas City

Taylor University