Distinguished “Shovel Ready” Site Home to Marine Fasteners

June 25, 2013

Commissioner Mike Yoder says entire community benefits from efforts by IEDC, DJ Construction. 

ELKHART—That which was once an undeveloped property with an unsure future is now an IEDC-certified “Shovel Ready” site and the new home of Marine Fasteners.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) certified 48 acres inside Beck Industrial Park as “Shovel Ready,” making this property that DJ Construction is developing the first in Elkhart County to be given this distinction.

According to the IEDC, goals of the Shovel Ready program are three-fold: 1) to certify sites in order to expedite the permitting processes for business development; 2) to help local communities identify and prepare sites for economic development; and 3) to identify and fast track the state and local permits necessary.

Bob Schrock, CEO of DJ Construction, said the Shovel Ready status could potentially reduce initial costs for businesses. “A prospective client can get into a building quicker as a result of the work we’ve done up front,” he said.

Schrock, who also owns Schrock Real Estate LLC, partnered with the Economic Development (EDC) of Elkhart County. Upwards of $20,000 and countless hours of paperwork were completed in order to prepare documentation for the IEDC.

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said about the Shovel Ready status, “On behalf of the community, the Commissioners sincerely appreciate DJ Construction’s willingness to invest the extra effort required to achieve shovel ready status on this commercial property. The behind the scenes work involved in achieving the status were monumental. DJ’s leadership team proved to be up to the task and the community has benefitted by the addition of another great business and employer.”

Shovel-Ready status also “gives us visibility on the state level and a real boost to our economic development efforts,” said Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president of the EDC of Elkhart County.

Marine Fasteners Chooses Location
The county’s first beneficiary of the Shovel Ready site is Marine Fasteners, who contracted DJ Construction to build their 54,000 square foot building used for warehousing, distribution, and office space. That building and exterior landscaping were recently completed.

A division of Wurth Group of North America, Marine Fasteners is the country’s leading source of stainless steel fasteners to marine, industrial, and construction-related industries.

Marine Fasteners Operations Manager John Creekmore said that DJ’s Shovel Ready status “was a large factor in the choosing of the [Beck] industrial site.

“Because our previous warehouse was operating beyond capacity, it was imperative that we find the quickest and best solution for a new larger building. The Shovel Ready site was the way to go.”

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