Business Scene Is Attractive Throughout Crown Point
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
Businesses like to locate in vibrant communities, and Crown Point fits that bill. The city's population has increased an average of 500 residents each year since the 2000 census, and businesses have taken notice of Crown Point's excellent quality of life. Here is a brief sampling of “doing good business” in Crown Point:
Dawn Food Products
The company is actually headquartered in Jackson, Mich., and established a plant in Crown Point in 1987. Dawn makes a variety of bakery products such as muffins, donuts, batter and pastries, including name-brand items such as Disney Snack Cakes and Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods. The Crown Point facility produces mainly puff pastry, Danish pastry and muffins. Meanwhile, Dawn's 40 overall production facilities distribute baked goods throughout North America, Mexico and Central America, the United Kingdom and Europe, and many other countries worldwide.
This company produces equipment used by steel manufacturers for repairs and insulation‚ among other things. The plant opened in 1969 under a different name and has seen its production more than double over the years. It now employs 28 workers and sells products as far away as South America, Aruba, Mexico and Canada. The Crown Point site is among 75 Vesuvius manufacturing plants‚ distribution centers and offices worldwide, including China‚ Poland and the Czech Republic. Crown Point’s ideal centralized location is what continues to help bring international businesses‚ such as Vesuvius‚ to this community.
This 25-acre site on Summit Street was intended to serve as industrial/office park space. Instead‚ a broad array of tenants is finding the complex a perfect site to do business. The mix includes high-tech businesses‚ offices and warehouse usage inside the site‚ plus a 30‚000-foot retail strip mall along the street. Opened in 2005‚ Millennium Park has filled up quickly, with space for about 40 tenants. It is popular given its proximity to Interstate 65 and U.S. 30, plus it has won awards for its architecture and landscape design.
Downtown Crown Point
This city is rooted in history. The quaint but vibrant downtown features dozens of family-owned businesses that line the streets and surround the historic square – a square that includes the majestic, old Lake County Courthouse. The Crown Point Historic Preservation Commission helps secure grant money for downtown facade renovations for businesses and also is an advocate for pumping downtown property tax dollars back into the district for improvements.