The City of Niles
Industrial Park is strategically located in the Detroit/Chicago
corridor. Niles offers a favorable business climate for industrial
expansion. Some of the significant factors of the Niles
Industrial Park are proximity, market availability, tax benefits,
abundant dependable energy, water resources, skilled and semiskilled
labor supply, industrial financing, business government cooperation,
and rail transportation are inherent advantages. Therefore, Niles
and Southwestern Michigan area are emerging as an important new face
in the business and industrial community.
The Niles Industrial Park, consists of approximately 418 acres
within the city limits, which is located in both Berrien and Cass
Counties in Southwestern Michigan. The City owned 16" water line,
municipal sewer, and a 14 million gallon capacity wastewater treatment plant are in place. The wastewater
treatment plant currently is operating at a 3 million gallons daily
and has the ability to triple itís capacity.
Virtually unlimited water resources are available, and dependable
gas supply is assured by a 4" high pressure gas main from SEMCO
Energy. The Industrial Park is also served by telephone service as
well as cable television from TCI.
Niles Industrial Park is served by a diversified transportation
network. Rail connections to all major markets are assured. The park
is adjacent to Norfolk Southern tracks and the industrial park owns
all the sidings within the park.
service is provided by Amtrak with eight trains daily. Jerry Tyler
Memorial Airport is one-half mile from the park. Michiana Regional
Airport in South Bend, Indiana, and the Elkhart, Indiana airport
both offer scheduled air service with major airlines, and are within
a 15 mile radius of the industrial park.
The park is also within a three mile radius of several major
highways within the area, with East-West highways U.S. 12 and M-60,
and North-South highways U.S. 31, M140 and M51. The Indiana Toll
Road is 8 miles away and Interstate 94 is 20 miles away.
Nilesí strategic central location makes it a one day truck drive
to approximately 80% of both the United States and Canadian
population. The Indiana Sea Port is only about a one hour drive away
from the industrial park.
Numerous local motor freight companies, parcel services, bus and
taxi services round out the transportation advantages of the Niles
Michigan has stabilized itís tax system to a greater degree than
many states. New industry entering the Southwestern Michigan
Tri-County area of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties may do so
with assurance that they will receive fair tax treatment now and in
Financial assistance is available for any well-founded
industrial project in Niles. Whether your requirements are financing
of land, buildings or equipment, the Niles community and the
Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance are prepared to meet
your specific industryís needs.
Industrial Revenue Bonds, Community Development Block Grants,
Economic Development Administration, Cityís revolving loan fund and
a combination of other local and federal incentives offer solid
financial assistance in the industrial development.
Qualified local builders, assisted by local design and
engineering personnel can handle construction projects of all sizes
and types at a very competitive cost.
Labor - Productivity
An abundant supply of intelligent, skilled and semi-skilled labor
has been a major factor in the existing industrial development in
Industrial training is available through many local and area
vocational technical educational facilities, as well as local and
state government training programs.
Southwestern Michigan College, Lake Michigan College, Andrews
University, Indiana University at South Bend, Ivy Tech, St. Mary's
College, Davenport College, Bethel College, Holy Cross College, and
the University of Notre Dame are only a few of the schools that are
nearby. Cooperative programs with Western Michigan University,
Michigan State University and Ferris State University are in place
to provide high technology expertise.
Michiganís advantages are beginning to be recognized by more and
more manufacturers. Among the firms already located in the
Industrial Park are National-Standard, Niles Packaging Products, ABB
Garden City Fan, Tem-Pace Inc., Ironwood Displays Inc., Ramer
Products, Treasure Chest, Michiana Box & Crate and Modineer Company.
Additional major industrial firms in the Niles area include
Simplicity Pattern Co., Tyler Refrigeration Corp., French Paper
Company and National Store Fixtures, to mention a few of the 34 that
are located in the Niles area.
The City of Niles is known as the "City of
Four Flags." Niles witnessed territorial claims by France, Britain
and Spain before the United States. The Niles area has a year-round
population of about 40,000 with an estimated county population of
Niles has all the charm and comfort of a small town or country
living, while providing convenient access to larger cities, cultural
attractions and a variety of vacation centers.
All types of housing, a 179 bed, well-equipped hospital, a
103,000 volume library, a fully equipped fire department and police
force, an active YMCA, fine shopping, excellent schools and churches
are all part of the Niles community. Communication needs are filled
by six television studios, cable television, many AM-FM radio
stations, and a local daily newspaper. These are only a few of the
qualities that add to the desirability of the Niles area.
The St. Joseph river runs directly through Niles, contributing
virtually unlimited water resources, as well as beauty, and
exceptional recreational opportunities. Numerous streams, inland
lakes and nearby Lake Michigan provide convenient access to sailing,
fishing, swimming and boating.