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June 30, 2013

Manufacturing facilities up for sale

Former Delphi properties listed for reuse.

The Engineering Resource Center on Lincoln Road was a white-collar hub where electrical diagrams, computer files and blueprints were the primary means of communication.

Delco Plant 5 was a manufacturing operation, making circuit boards back when making circuit boards was a dirty operation.

Both former General Motors properties are on the market for redevelopment and they’ve both got significant backing to help make that happen.

Duke Energy announced plans last week to develop a marketing plan for the 181,000-square-foot ERC building, 2100 E. Lincoln Road, as part of the utility company’s 2013 Site Readiness Program. The building is owned by General Motors Components Holdings LLC.

A site visit, followed by a very detailed questionnaire for local economic development officials, follow-up questions and meetings will all be a part of developing a tailored marketing plan for the office building. The company is working with InSite Consulting, of Greer, S.C., on the plan.

“It’s really about getting community leaders together to see what they can do to increase marketing around the building,” said Misty McCammack, an economic development manager with Duke.

Duke has an economic interest in marketing the building, as any occupant is bound to purchase electricity from the utility. But producing a formal marketing presentation is a bonus for the community, which has been seeking, with varying amounts of success, to adjust to the lower employment levels at the former Delphi/Delco properties along the bypass.

Duke officials call the Site Readiness Program “the cornerstone of Duke Energy’s economic development model.”

“The Duke Energy Site Readiness Program strengthens our ongoing efforts to attract business to north-central Indiana,” said Chris Hamm, president and CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “We are always looking for ideas and innovation to help create new development and new jobs.”

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