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MOR/ryde Nears Approval For Expansion Plan

Expansion is imminent for MOR/ryde International Inc. in Elkhart, Ind.

As reported by the South Bend Tribune, both the city planning department and the CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce have endorsed the company’s petition to Elkhart City Council to close Moyer Avenue between Bar and Folsom streets.

A public hearing was held Monday (June 17) regarding the request. The proposal could pass in July.

The move would allow for an expansion that includes redeveloping the area into a campus that includes a corporate headquarters with green space and additional parking. It could result in 40 to 60 new jobs.

The company would construct a 58,000-square-foot building for manufacturing with another 5,000 square feet for office space, said Bob Weaver, an engineer/owner of Anchor Construction, which is the designer and builder.

“The property they own now is split in two pieces by Moyer,” Weaver said. Other than traffic for the company, Moyer sees very little traffic in peak time, he said.

Another MOR/ryde project on Cooper Drive that Anchor Construction is involved in was recently approved by county commissioners. That project, which would add about 40 jobs, is for a new manufacturing facility adjacent to the city limits.

Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year or early 2014, Weaver said.

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