Business briefs: Valvoline service outlet coming to McCordsville

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Housing market dynamic for holiday season

HANCOCK COUNTY — An area real estate firm reports the county’s residential real estate market continued its robust activity, bucking the trend of a typical holiday slow-down.

According to F.C. Tucker Company, Hancock County saw a 17.9% increase in pended home sales compared to November 2020. Housing inventory actually increased, up 10.8% compared to this time last year.

Home sale prices increased once again, up 15.9% year-to-date, to an average sale price of $280,591.

Elanco lays off nearly 400

GREENFIELD — Elanco Animal Health is eliminating about 380 positions around the world as a part of structural changes that aim to simplify the organization and position the company to create long-term value.

Other changes include consolidating commercial operations for Elanco International and Elanco Europe into one organization, consolidating marketing efforts, and simplifying the research-and-development structure, according to a news release.

NineStar ending TV service

GREENFIELD — NineStar Connect has decided to end its cable television offering effective Sept. 30, 2022.

The Greenfield-based utility cooperative announced on its Facebook page that it’s no longer in its best financial interest to continue offering the service.

The co-op plans to use the interim to provide its members with information about other TV options.

NineStar also provides electric, water, sewer, internet and voice services throughout the region.

Valvoline coming to McCordsville

MCCORDSVILLE — Valvoline is bringing one of its quick-service oil change locations to 6943 W. Broadway, just north of Meijer and west of McCordsville Marketplace.

The facility will have three service bays and span just over 2,000 square feet, according to filings with the town.

State chamber taps new leader of workforce excellence

INDIANAPOLIS — Todd Hurst has taken the helm of the newly created position of executive director for the Institute for Workforce Excellence, an affiliate program of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Hurst holds a doctorate in educational studies from the University of Kentucky as well as a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Indianapolis and an undergraduate degree from Ball State University. Most recently, he served as a senior consultant for the Indianapolis-based consulting firm, Resultant, where he led workforce strategy development and program oversight for the organization’s public sector clients.

In his new role, Hurst will provide management and operational leadership for each of the institute’s supported programs and initiatives, including Work and Learn Indiana (formerly Indiana INTERNet).

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