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BOSTON – February 1, 2019 – Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced plans to transfer all production out of its Peru, Indiana, facility to other Schneider Electric plants. All transitions are expected to be completed by the end of the 2019. The transfer will result in the closure and sale of the Peru, Indiana facility.

Production will shift to Schneider Electric’s U.S.-based facility in Texas and one other East Coast plant yet to be determined, as well as its Monterrey, Mexico plant.

The changes are in response to competitive market dynamics and to meet the needs of Schneider Electric’s customers.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent for December and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 1,543 over the previous month. This was a result of an increase of 83 unemployed residents and an increase of 1,460 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.1 percent.

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It’s the stuff of a modern urban legend. David vs Goliath. The multi-national corporation versus small-town America.

Anytime a new business comes to Peru, or one closes (like what just happened with Kmart), people tell the tale of when Walmart tried to build a store in Peru.

Some versions tell the story of a city official dressing up as a clown to insult Walmart and keep them from building here. Some versions say the city opposed the Walmart to protect our local Kmart store while others say it was done to protect local businesses. Whatever version is told, they all tell a tale of a giant multi-national cooperation being insulted and shut out of Peru by our local business owners and government officials with Walmart vowing never to build a store in Peru. But is any of it true?

One local businessman has had his fill with the tall tales and wants to set the record straight. Dave Van Baalen owns several local businesses including the Roxy Theatre which sits on the site that Wal-Mart was interested in buying in the late 80s and early 90s.

At the time Walmart wanted to build here, the land where the Roxy sits was owned by Russ Beller, who has worked with Van Baalen in many business ventures over the years.

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Peru, IN - Sears/Kmart has told employees earlier this week that 80 Sears and Kmart locations across the US will shut by March, with liquidation sales to begin in early January 2019. The Peru Kmart was among the locations announced for closure.

This comes after the announcement that 142 store closures when the company filed for bankruptcy in October 2018 and another round of 40 closures in November 2018.

Peru Indiana Today attempted to contact the manager of the Peru Kmart location and was advised that employees have been instructed not to comment on the closure.

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INDIANAPOLIS  – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent for November and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 2,216 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,122 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 94 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.

Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp

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Peru, IN – The Nickel Plate Saloon, at 106 S. Broadway Street, Peru is hosting their 22nd Annual Toys for Tots/Shop With a Cop Fundraiser on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

This year’s event features live performances by Ed Money 2.0, Broken Noise, IamJavae, and Austen Fouch! Each group is donating their time to help make this show a success.

The admission price to the show is one unwrapped, unopened toy or a cash donation at the door. The event begins at 9:00 p.m. on the 15th and you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

The toys will be donated to the Local Marine Corps Toys For Tots drive with the cash donations being given to the Peru Police Department’s Annual Shop With A Cop event taking place later this month.

According to Nickel Plate owner Debbie Spencer, who owns the business with her husband Rich, Ed Money is the promoter of the show and has been involved in this charity event for many years.

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Peru, IN – Amy Netherton, the owner of Pandora’s Box Resale Shop is very pleased to announce that due to the overwhelming response of the community, she has decided to seek a larger retail space for her new store.

The Grand Opening has been moved to December 10, 2018, to allow her to move into a new location at 9 Broadway Plaza. This is the old Radio Shack location at the Plaza.

The new space is nearly twice the size of her former location. She will also continue to offer Alchemist Vapor Shop products at the new location.

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PERU, Ind., Nov. 19, 2018 – Domino’s newly relocated “pizza theater” in Peru, located at 950 W. Main St., is now officially open for business!

The newly relocated store, which was formerly located at 491 N. Broadway, features a 1,520-square-foot pizza theater design which allows flexibility for a number of elements otherwise unheard of when it comes to the “traditional” Domino’s store. Highlights include a comfortable lobby, open-area viewing of the food preparation process, indoor seating for 14 customers, free Wi-Fi, a drive-thru window for carryout orders and the ability to track carryout orders electronically on a lobby screen. The store also features a chalkboard to allow customers to express their creativity or to leave feedback for the store team members.

“We are so excited to offer our customers an even better, more interactive experience,” said Jimmy Ruedlinger, Peru Domino’s operating partner. “Now, customers can actually watch and track their pizza being made, each step of the way.”