New medical manufacturer selects Whitley site

Linda Lipp wrote the real estate and retail column.

Restoration Medical Polymers will invest $7.1 million to build a corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Park 30 Business Park in Columbia City.

The company was formed last summer by Micropulse Inc., a medical device manufacturer for the orthopedic and cardiovascular industries, and co-founder Lou Matrisciano. It has been operating in Micropulse’s Orthovation Center.

The new 36,000-square-foot facility will be built on about six acres in the industrial park and will include manufacturing for human, implantable, medical grade polymers as well as a high tech testing lab. The new building should be occupied by late 2016 and production is expected to begin in early 2017. By 2019, RMP plans to employ as many as 20 full-time workers, mostly skilled technicians and engineers.

RMP will be one of a few manufacturing facilities globally that will produce the unique polymers for medical device manufacturers and suppliers.

RMP is working with the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. as well as the Indiana Economic Development Corp., which offered up to $185,000 in performance-based tax credits. Whitley County approved a tax abatement and other incentives.

Phil Knapke and Steve Wesner, of BND Commercial, represented both the seller, Customer Choice Services Corp., and the buyer, RMP, in the purchase of the site that will contain the new building.

When in Rome City, try new tasting room

The Sylvan Cellars Event Center near Rome City will host a grand opening celebration of its new tasting room from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 6.

The tasting room, which offers samples of numerous fine wines, craft beers and bourbons, is now open to the adult public from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The event center is in a restored, century-old dairy barn at 2725 E. Northport Road, just off State Road 9 north of Rome City. It is owned by Noble County residents Nathan and Rachel Schermerhorn. The tasting room is housed in the lower level of the barn and employs six specially trained bartenders. The loft area of the barn, which has become particularly popular for weddings, receptions and special events, was completely booked for weekends in 2015 and is almost fully reserved for 2016.

Several special events are being planned for the tasting room, including guest appearances by various Indiana chefs, craft beer takeovers by guest brewers, game nights featuring trivia and other popular games, and outdoor movies and concerts in the summer.

The Rome City Chamber of Commerce recently named the event center as Rome City Business of the Year.

For more information, visit or call (260) 760‐1421.

Bridal accessories are focus of new boutique

Blissful Boutique, a new store specializing in bridal accessories, is now open at 3945 Parnell Ave., across from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The boutique will feature accessories from top national and international bridal designers, as well as styles from private designers that will be locally available exclusively at her store, owner Lyla Lewis said.

Lewis also owns Wedding Bliss, a local wedding planning business. The Gary native moved to Fort Wayne 10 years ago to attend college at Indiana University - ­Purdue University Fort Wayne. She eventually transferred to Ivy Tech Community College - Northeast and achieved a bachelor’s degree from Trine University and an MBA in accounting from Indiana Tech.

For hours and other information, visit, or call (260­) 376­-0373.

Strebig Construction

Strebig Construction was selected by Sweet Aviation as the design-build contractor for a new aircraft hangar at Smith Field.

BND Commercial

Steve Wesner represented both the landlord, Rudisill Center Realty Corp., and the tenant, Family Dollar Stores of Indiana LP, in the renewal of a lease of 9,159 square feet of space at 102 East Rudisill Blvd.

Wesner represented both the landlord, Dymer Co. II LLC, as well as the tenant, thePWT Group LLC, in the lease of 20,042 square feet of space at 6320 Highview Drive.

David Nortonand David Nugent represented the landlord, George F. Smith Family Investments LLC, in the lease of 12,703 square feet of space at 5730 Bluffton Road to Mullinix Packages Inc.

Karl Behrens and Phil Knapke represented the seller, ABZ Realty Inc., in the sale of 22,000 square feet of space at 3806 Option Pass to Fort Brant Limited Partnership.

Breck Johnson represented the seller, the Estate of Miriam D. Goodhew, in the sale of 1,200 square feet of space at 3928 Oxford St. to Darrell Hord.

Dirig Sheet Metal

Dirig Sheet Metal was awarded a contract for the installation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct work for the board room of the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation in Fort Wayne.

Two new exhibits open

The Orchard Gallery of Fine Art is featuring faces in clay, glass and paint by artist Paula Criss through January.

Also on display is an all-media themed exhibition, “Majestic Earth,” that will include landscapes, depictions of singular elements of nature and works that incorporate natural materials.

The gallery is located at 6312-A Covington Road. For hours and other information, visit

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