Business briefs: New tattoo parlor opens

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GREENFIELD — Garden of Eden Tattoos has opened at 235 W. Main St.

The business employs two full-time tattoo artists along with a full-time piercer and has two tattoo apprentices. It also does fine art commissions.

Chad Rowe owns the business, and co-owns Underdogs Tattoo Gallery in New Castle as well.

Garden of Eden Tattoos is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The business can be reached at 317-318-1516 and through the business’ Facebook page.

Auto parts maker preps for $52 million investment

GREENFIELD — Hitachi Astemo, which operates a plant at 400 W. New Road, is preparing for two projects requiring about $52 million worth of new equipment.

Starting next year, the facility will mass-produce power control units that allow hybrid vehicles to switch from gas to electric. It will also start making a fuel injector capable of withstanding a higher level of pressure, which will go in new vehicles coming out starting next year that will have to meet new emissions standards.

Hitachi Astemo estimates the projects will add 20 to 30 jobs over the next three to four years. Its Greenfield plant currently employs about 450, not including the approximately 50 moving to the city from the company’s corporate office in Anderson.

The company plans to seek a tax abatement for the investment from the city of Greenfield.

Crop acreage deadlines coming up

INDIANAPOLIS — Agricultural producers in Indiana who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office before the applicable deadline.

An acreage report documents a crop grown on a farm or ranch and its intended uses. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planted acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits.

The following acreage reporting dates are applicable in Indiana: July 15 for all other crops and perennial forage; Dec. 15 for fall mint, fall-seeded small grains and canola; Jan. 2 for honey (beehive colonies); and Jan. 15 for apples.