NAPPANEE — With the installation of water and sewer lines into the area by Nappanee Municipal Airport, Nappanee’s newest industrial park is ready for business. 

At the ribbon cutting Tuesday, June 23, Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson said the East Airport Industrial Park will impact the future of Nappanee. 

”In Nappanee, we have some industrial space available, but very little, so for the future this is very important,” Thompson said. “The return out here will be incentive to keep the ball rolling.”

By installing the water and sewer infrastructure, the city opened up more than 400 acres for industrial development, which will allow more businesses to be built, according to a press release. 

At least 100 of those acres are ready to be built on, Thompson said. However, the city needs businesses that will make Nappanee look good to those traveling through the city, he said. 

“We don’t want to just build buildings,” Thompson said. “The park is kind of an Eastern gateway to Nappanee.”

Rod Beer, president of Beer & Slabaugh Inc., which installed the water and sewer infrastructure, said the park would bring more opportunities for business construction and employment opportunities. 

Along with Rep. Jackie Walorski, Thompson worked on a plan to get utilities to the area by the airport. 

Larry Cassidy, president of Specialty Hardwoods of Indiana Inc., said lack of sewer and water restricted the projects they could do. But with the installation of sewer and water, businesses are able to expand and start building. 

“The value of properties here is so much brighter,” Thompson said. 

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