Permits for more than $2.8 million in new construction were issued in March by the Jay/Portland Building and Planning office.
The two largest projects are for a building addition and remodel and four turkey confined feeding buildings.
A permit for a building addition and area remodel with construction costs of $857,000 at 710 E. 100 North was issued to Fort Recovery Industries.
A permit for four turkey confined feeding buildings with construction costs of $850,000 at 3933 E. 500 North was issued to Robert and Carol Dirksen.
Joe Grube was issued a permit for one swine confined feeding building with construction costs of $300,000 at 8310 E. 50 North.
Other permits were issued to Portland Pizza Hut, 1502 North Meridian Street, for an $85,000 building addition and area remodel; Samuel R. Girod for a $48,000 calf barn at 8845 N. 250 East; JRDS, 901 E. Water St., Portland, for a dock enclosure with construction costs of $53,665; Kent Bickel for a $20,000 garage addition at 658 E. North St., Redkey; Chao LeMaster, 2756 W. Ind. 67, Portland, for a $1,800 fence; Katherine Reynolds, 939 Boundary Pike, Portland, for a $650 fence.
Also to David Peters, 3621 S. 200 West, Portland, for a new home with construction costs of $208,000; Dewey Osborne for a $260,000 new home at 8608 W. 400 South, Redkey; Derek Rogers for a $50,000 residential addition at 11282 W. 300 South, Dunkirk; Byron and Sharon Blankenbaker at 7824 W. 300 North for a residential addition/porch with construction costs of $10,000; Darren McAbee for a $14,000 pole barn at 4027 S. 750 East, Portland; Enos E.J. Schwartz for a storage building at 5501 N. 350 East with construction costs of $29,000; Board of Trustees at Bellefountaine Methodist Church for a $5,000 pavilion at 572 S. 600 East, Portland; and Rory Fifer for an $18,000 garage at 467 W. Ind. 18, Bryant.

Petoskey Plastics expands
Petoskey Plastics continues to expand its Hartford City plant.
Hartford City Council recently approved a 10-year $6.2 million tax abatement for the company that handles recycling, plastic film bag and resin manufacturing.
The investment is expected to create 26 new jobs.
The goal of the expansion is to upgrade and enhance recycling operations and provide capacity to increase manufacturing of products with recycled plastic content.
This expansion comes at the end of a 2013 expansion, which added 80 new jobs.

Ivy Tech to host job fair
Ivy Tech Community College is hosting a job fair for New Castle, Richmond and surrounding communities, including Jay County.
The job fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at 3335 S. Memorial Drive in New Castle.
Employers from local counties will be looking to hire, and participants should arrive dressed and ready for interviews and with resumes.
For more information, contact Paul Werling,, 765-289-2291 ext. 1383, or Paul Luttman,, 800-659-4562 ext. 1212.

ISBDC partners with Launch Fishers
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann recently announced that the Indiana Small Business Development Center will partner with Launch Fishers to create the Launch Indiana SBDC.
Launch Indiana aims to connect Indiana’s innovation-driven entrepreneurs with mentorship, education and assistance from successful entrepreneurs.
It will operate out of Launch Fishers, under the leadership of John Wechsler, an established entrepreneur.