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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making conservation money available to farmers in northeast Indiana as part of an effort to improve water quality in Lake Erie. For information, or to sign up by April 27, go to and click on “Programs.”

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana are launching a new program called “Future Leaders” for area college seniors to learn about YLNI and connect with other graduates at 6:15 p.m. April 25 at Parkview Field at the TinCaps game. Students must notify their campus representatives by April 6 to participate.

ENS Group has fulfilled the training and program prerequisites to sell, design and deploy Cisco System’s solutions through its Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization.

UniFirst has launched Uniform Rental and Workwear Direct catalogs for companies seeking image-enhancing and/or protective work apparel. For information, go to

North River Capital LLC, a privately-held equity capital firm founded in 2008 by members of the Rifkin family and other former OmniSource executives in Fort Wayne, has acquired a majority interest in Arctic Fox LLC, a Delano, Minn., manufacturer and supplier of fluid heating systems for vehicles and equipment.

Dirig Sheet Metal won the HVAC/ductwork contract for the Anthony Wayne Building renovation.

1st Source Corp. was named to the KBW Inc. Bank Honor Roll of superior performers. 1st Source is one of 45 U.S. banks on the list, based on criteria including no annual loss reported in net income per share before extraordinary items over the past 10 years.

Con-way Freight was presented the Patriotic Employer Award at its Coldwater facility in Fremont by the Northeast Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Kilgore Manufacturing Co. of Columbia City launched a new Custom SPEC web solution built by Thomas Industrial Network at

The board of directors of the Wells County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development approved a $200,000 private-sector appropriation toward the first phase in establishing a new Wells County Economic Development Project Fund.

Strebig Construction Inc. won the contract to install a new press slab and miscellaneous renovations to accommodate the new press by Excell Color Graphics.

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 2012 Van Wert Area Business to Business Expo, a one-day event to showcase company’s products and services from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds Commercial Building, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio. The Chamber is now accepting reservations for exhibitor booths. For information, call 419-238-4390 or email

The Farm Service Agency Administrator declared 45 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas. The disaster designation number is S3230. For information, call 244-6266, ext. 111.

WaterFurnace International Inc. announced that WaterFurnace Envision and Synergy3D geothermal heat pumps achieved the Energy Star Most Efficient 2012 designation.

Family Dollar Stores Inc.’s plans to open a new distribution facility in Ashley received national recognition as a winner of Trade & Industry Development magazine’s seventh annual Corporate Investment and Community Impact Awards.

DWD Technology Group joined information Technology Alliance, a group of top VARSs, CPA firms and technology product/service providers.

DeHayes Group and LTC Financial Partners disclosed plans to offer a beefed-up array of long-term care insurance choices for individuals and employee groups. For information, call 969-1310 or email

Eddie Merlot’s has opened a new location in Warrenville, Ill. It is the upscale steakhouse chain’s seventh location.

Center Street Partners, which provides securities and investment services through Securian Financial Services Inc., has opened an office at 1303 E. Center St., Warsaw.