Friday, April 10, 2015


As this is written the sun is shining, finally, and the temps are in the 50’s for a change. Maybe, just maybe, spring is finally taking hold in Darke County. And none too soon, we might add! Hopefully, the farmers will be able to get in their fields and start the planting season, which is always the sure sign that spring is here! March has been a very good month for the County. There have been numerous happenings, and events and we feel this is a good start to the 2015 year. On March 19th, Commissioner Stegall was guest speaker at the Darke County Realtors association luncheon, and was glad to hear that the realtors are seeing a good uptick in home sales in the County. This is great news, and with the help of the professionals in Darke County Real Estate, we see good things continue to happen. Thanks for all you do, and for the tremendous help you provide the Darke County Community! On March 6th, FRAM had a celebration in honor of being in Greenville since 1951, and to announce their new line being added to produce even more filters. FRAM’S goal is over 105 million filters this year!! Congratulations to the fine people at FRAM, who make the best filters in the world right here in Greenville! On March 27th, the Darke County Economic Development office in conjunction with the C.I.C. held their spring forum. This event drew about 140 investors and guests to hear about some of the tremendous growth we are experiencing here. Guest speakers included, John Staub, the plant manager at FRAM, Randy O’Dell from JAFE DECORATING, and Ken Hosler, plant manager at WHIRLPOOL. All three gentlemen explained the growth in their businesses, their recent expansions, and the co-operation that has taken place with all involved. It was nice to hear that from our great corporate partners, as everyone involved has worked hard to make this truly a partnership. WHIRLPOOL donated 2 Soda Stream machines to be given away as door prizes, plus they brought some new products to showcase. The winners of the Soda Stream machines were John Keller and Jon McGreevey. Congratulations to both men!

In other happenings, Buffalo Wild Wings held its opening on March 30th. On the 28th and 29th, they held a V.I.P. opening that was well received by all who attended. We want to welcome this new restaurant to Greenville and Darke County! Our Economic Development office continues to work with our companies on their needs. Of Course, one of the biggest needs is a capable workforce. Darke County realized this several years ago, and we have made this a major effort. Our Career Pathway coordinator, Ms. Lisa Wendel, is doing a great job working with the Schools, and businesses In the County on what the needs in the future will be. This is a major undertaking by Lisa, and she is handling the job extremely well. If you see her, tell her thanks for all the hard work she has put in, trying to make sure our companies have a viable, educated, and skilled workforce for the future.

Spring is in the air and new hopes arise with it. We in the Commissioner’s office certainly hope for a great year, and hope you will attend one of our meetings in the future. We meet regularly every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

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