Business briefs – Sept. 9

● Hospital expands partnership with Sonicu

GREENFIELD — Hancock Regional Hospital has expanded its agreement for remote monitoring services provided by Sonicu, a leading provider of cloud-based environmental monitoring solutions.

Hancock Regional recently penned an agreement with Sonicu to use the company’s sound management program in the hospital and other facilities to improve patient experience.

The hospital already uses Sonicu automated monitoring, data logging and reporting systems across its healthcare network. Sonicu currently monitors temperature and humidity at Hancock Surgery Center, in refrigerators and cold storage units throughout the hospital pharmacy, Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Care Center and vaccine storage units at Hancock Physician Network off-site clinics. Sonicu also monitors MRI/imaging department power supplies at Hancock Health Center in McCordsville.

Adding Sonicu sound monitoring will allow hospital staff to assess, manage, improve and then analyze and measure success in optimizing hospital noise levels.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our patient experience,” Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital, said in a press release. “Sonicu’s technologies will help us do this and enable us to monitor temperatures, sound, humidity and other environmental factors more efficiently.”

● Greenfield Bank welcomes members

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Banking Co. has announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors.

Richard Roberts and Joey Johnson joined the board, effective Sept. 1.

Roberts is a landscape architect and the director of construction services at Engledow Group. He is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in environmental design and landscape architecture. His professional affiliations include the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association, Greenfield Board of Parks and Recreation and Sigma Lambda Alpha.

Roberts lives in Greenfield with his wife, Jeannie, and their family.

Johnson is a retired administrator from Greenfield-Central Community Schools. He currently owns Soncentric, LLC and is a consultant for Greenfield-Central Schools.

Johnson has degrees from Purdue University in psychology and elementary education. He is a lifelong resident of Greenfield, and he and his wife, Pam, have two children and two grandchildren.

● Kohl’s buys massive Plainfield warehouse

Kohl’s Corp. on Wednesday announced that it has acquired a massive distribution center in Plainfield where it hopes to hire 900 employees by early 2020.

The retailer said it plans to open an e-commerce fulfillment center in the 937,000-square-foot building at 9998 All Points Parkway next summer. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. The facility was developed by Indianapolis-based co-partners Browning Investments and Duke Realty Corp. on a speculative basis and completed last year.

The warehouse, known as Building 6 at All Points Midwest Industrial Park, is larger than 16 football fields, has 36-foot-high ceilings and is located on 63 acres of land.

Kohl’s said it will begin hiring about 300 full-time and 600 part-time workers over a three-year period beginning in spring 2017.

The facility will be the 14th distribution facility for Kohl’s nationwide and the fifth dedicated strictly to serving customers.

In addition to increasing delivery times, the new center will fit in with the retailer’s ongoing strategy to continue boosting online sales to balance decreasing in-store sales.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or