Dalton Foundry on Kendallville’s south side has been purchased by Garrett LLC, which plans to demolish it and create a “shovel ready” industrial site.
Dalton Foundry on Kendallville’s south side has been purchased by Garrett LLC, which plans to demolish it and create a “shovel ready” industrial site.
KENDALLVILLE — A Lexington, Kentucky, company completed its purchase of vacant Dalton Foundry on Monday, the new owner said.

Plans call for demolishing the foundry and creating a “shovel-ready” site for a new industry, said Michael Heitz of Garrett LLC, which bought the site on Kendallville’s south side. He did not disclose the price.

Demolition crews should arrive Monday to begin work, Heitz said.

“We think it’s going to take about 120 days, and it’ll be down,” said Heitz, a native of Garrett, whose company is named after his hometown.

Garrett LCC has been in business seven years. It specializes in renovating abandoned industrial sites, known as brownfields, and has completed 26 projects.

The company works primarily in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Heitz said. Mayor Suzanne Handshoe recruited him to come to Kendallville, he added.

“The mayor found out we do this kind of work and has been after me for over a year to come up here,” Heitz said. He attended a Kendallville City Council meeting May 20 to explain his plans for Dalton Foundry, which has been closed since 2009.

Heitz and his son, Cory Heitz, are partners in Garrett LLC. Dalton Foundry will be their first Indiana project. At the council meeting in May, they said their company will seek state and federal grants to pay for remediating the site.

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