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Elanco to auction off property near former Lilly campus 

HANCOCK COUNTY — About 1,172 acres of farmland and commercial/industrial property Elanco Animal Health owns just west of Greenfield will be up for auction on March 4.

The farmland and property, located south of U.S. 40 near Meridian Road, will be offered in 24 tracts. A partnership of Columbia City-based Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company and Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate services firm, is marketing the property, according to a news release.

The property includes more than 800 acres of cropland and several buildings suitable for commercial or industrial use.

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Farmland and commercial/industrial tracts will be offered separately, and bidders will be allowed to combine tracts to buy just the parts that interest them.

Elanco, a global animal pharmaceuticals company with headquarters in Greenfield, determined the property doesn’t fit with the company’s needs, according to the release. Elanco formerly had its world headquarters on the nearby campus of Eli Lilly and Company’s Greenfield Labs before Lilly sold the complex to Covance. Elanco’s campus is now in Progress Park at State Road 9 and Interstate 70.

Schrader and Cushman & Wakefield personnel will be available to accommodate inspections for qualified bidders before the auction.

Individuals seeking additional information may call 800-451-2709 or visit schraderauction.com.

State official bullish at county economic development meeting

NEW PALESTINE — Jim Schellinger, Indiana secretary of commerce, touted the state’s business climate in his keynote address at the Hancock Economic Development Council’s annual meeting on Jan. 15 at Woodland Terrace of New Palestine.

Schellinger said Indiana’s infrastructure, government programs and wide array of industries make the state a good place to do business. He also spoke of obstacles like the threat of a recession and global trade disputes. Schellinger discussed his work toward Indiana’s economic development across the state, U.S. and world as well.

Randy Sorrell, executive director of the county’s economic development council, gave a report on activity in 2019: The HEDC received 80 requests for information; completed 13 projects; created 380 proposed new jobs; and brought $218 million in capital investment.

The council also chose new leaders for 2020. Jeffrey Somers, vice president and business development officer at Greenfield Banking Co., will serve as president. Michael Burrow, president and CEO of NineStar Connect, is vice president. Rick Edwards, vice president and CFO of Hancock Health and Hancock Regional Hospital, is treasurer. April Fisher, Cumberland town manager, is secretary.

Fabric store opens in downtown Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Longtime quilter and sewer Jackie Roanhaus has opened Pass Time Fabrics in downtown Greenfield.

The fabric-filled shop is at 18 E. Main St. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Along with fabrics, the store sells quilting supplies and general sewing notions.

Main Street organization seeks director

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Main Street is seeking an executive director.

The director will be responsible for providing the leadership, oversight and administration of the organization and work in partnership with the board of directors and the community to foster economic development, improve the downtown district and enhance the quality of life in Greenfield.

Email a resume, references and preferred salary range to [email protected].

The former executive director, Shelley Swift, is now a reporter for the Daily Reporter.