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Jeep and Ram Maker Sends Strong Message to Ford, GM and Rivian

On July 4, 1894, the inventor Elwood Haynes climbed aboard his horseless carriage and drove the first gasoline-powered automobile down Pumpkin Vine Pike in Kokomo, Ind. Kokomo was a hotbed of innovation, particularly in the automobile industry, and the midwestern metropolis has been officially dubbed the "City of Firsts." Way...
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Samsung chooses Indiana for EV battery plant

Bloomington-Normal won’t be getting that Samsung EV battery plant after all. Samsung and automaker Stellantis announced this week they’re building a battery plant in Kokomo, Indiana, about an hour north of Indianapolis. The $2.5 billion factory is expected to begin production in 2025 and create about 1,500 jobs.

Plans Announced For New Fertilizer Manufacturing Plant

WABASH — McMahon, a full-service, professional engineering and architectural firm, has partnered with Process and Storage Solutions of Alabama, to provide engineering services for Bionutrients, a new fertilizer manufacturing plant in Wabash. McMahon and PASS have a long-standing working relationship, spanning more than 20 years. Their work for Bionutrients...

Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old Kokomo woman

KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana State Police issued a Silver Alert for a missing Kokomo woman. Betty Stroup, 80, was last seen around 5 a.m. Thursday. She’s believed to be in extreme danger and may need medical assistance. Stroup is described as 5’3” and 118 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. She was last known […]

Michigan loses Stellantis project to Indiana. The state must “raise the level of our game.”

Chrysler parent company Stellantis is building its next electric vehicle project outside of Michigan. A joint venture between Stellantis and Samsung for an electric vehicle battery factory will be built in Kokomo, Indiana. Michigan offered the automaker several sites in state but ultimately lost the bid — a tough loss after the state funneled $1 billion in state funds to attract large business projects.

Stellantis & Samsung SDI To Build New Battery Factory In Indiana

Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler, has selected Kokomo, Indiana, as the site for its next electric vehicle battery factory. The plant will be built in partnership with South Korea’s Samsung SDI and cost between $2.5 and $3 billion. The two companies will share the cost of the factory, which is expected to create 1,400 new jobs in Kokomo, where Stellantis already operates several manufacturing facilities for castings, transmissions, and engines.

Indiana Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old woman misssing from Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — An Indiana Silver Alert was issued Thursday morning for an 80-year-old woman missing from Kokomo. Betty Stroup is believed to be in extreme danger and may need medical assistance. Stroup was last seen at 4:59 a.m. Thursday, according to police. Kokomo is 61 miles north...

Stellantis Announces Plans for $2.5 Billion Battery Plant

There are plans for a $2.5 billion electric car battery plant in Kokomo. Stellantis, which is the corporate owner of Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep, joined with Samsung to announce the project. The plan is to build next generation batteries for electric vehicles at the plant. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation...

Memorial Day Events & Closures

Last Updated on May 26, 2022 by Cass County Communication Network | Cass County Online. In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.
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Samsung picks Indiana over Illinois for battery plant

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Disappointment in the twin cities following an electric vehicle battery manufacturer choosing to not locate in the area. Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep and Chrysler as well as its partner Samsung announced the location for their joint operation on a $2.5 billion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant will be in Kokomo, Indiana.

Exploring the Seven Pillars Nature Preserve in Indiana

I love to find new nature preserves that are not too far from me with awesome geological formations. The Seven Pillars Nature Preserve hosts some interesting formations along the Mississenwa river near Peru Indiana. There is actually a 1.8-mile trail in the preserve as well that I did not do on this day. It was a beautiful Autumn day and the leaves looked spectacular and the river was flowing quickly. On this trip, I am also using my new Sony a6600 camera. I also used my GoPro Hero 8, and my DJI Spark to get the awesome flyover video. This nature preserve is not very big but it is great for families. They even have portable toilets and a fire ring. This area was inhabited by the Miami Indians and this nature preserve pays tribute to them as well.

Another Planting Window Appears to be Opening Across Indiana

Another planting window appears to be opening across Indiana. This is the Seed Genetics Direct Planting Weather Forecast with HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin. If you are looking for a robust lineup of corn or soybeans, both traited and conventional, and you want to increase your yield and your savings, contact Todd and Chris Jeffries at!

Samsung SDI and Stellantis to build EV battery plant in Indiana

South Korea-based Samsung SDI and Stellantis N.V. announced this week they would be entering into a joint venture to build a lithium-ion battery production plant in Kokomo, Indiana. The companies are planning on increasing production capacity each year and are hoping to reach at least 33 gigawatt-hours at some point in the near future.