Starke County Economic Development Foundation Announces Prospectus and Achievements


The Starke County Economic Development Foundation will celebrate Manufacturers Day with its fourth annual “Prospectus and Achievements” on Thursday, Oct. 2 at Knox Middle School. Hoosier Custom Plastics and EcoGolf Co-Owner Gordon Schenk will be the featured speaker for the 11:10 a.m. program. The Knox-based business is involved in the Folds of Honor Foundation. It provides scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America. Schenk will explain how the businesses became involved with the organization.

The annual Robert E. Hamilton Award will also be presented to a member of the Starke County community who has been involved in economic development work for the past several years. It is the highest honor the foundation can bestow and is named in memory of the man credited with its founding. Past recipients include Mathew Swanson, Jack Lynch, Nancy Dembowski and Van H. Janovic.

The luncheon program will take place between Manufacturers Day sessions. Seventh grade students from Starke County’s three middle schools will have a chance to talk with representatives of local companies about what their company makes and the skills necessary to work there. Members of the public are welcome to attend the luncheon. Contact Lisa Dan at 574-772-5627 or at by Sept. 25 to reserve a spot.