February 23, 2014

Business news in brief, Feb. 23, 2014


---- — Logansport Financial Corp. declares earnings

Logansport Financial Corp., the holding company for Logansport Savings Bank, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.16 on each share of its common stock for the first quarter of 2014.

The dividend is payable on April 15 to the holders of record on March 14.

The corporation also reported net earnings for the three and twelve months ending Dec. 31, 2013.

Net earnings for the three months ending with Dec. 31 last year totaled $412,000, compared to the $446,000 in net earnings reported for the three months ending Dec. 31, 2012.

Net earnings for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013 totaled $1,686,000, compared to the $1,627,000 reported for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

Smith earns funeral director license

Kevin Smith recently became a licensed funeral director in the State of Indiana. He successfully passed his national and state board examination.

A 2007 graduate of Logansport High School, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in small business marketing and management from the University of Saint Francis, and attended Mid America College of Funeral Service, completing a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science.

Smith served his internship with Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory in Logansport. He is a certified crematory operator at Cass County Crematory and manager for Gundrum Pet Cremation Care.

Steinberger receives governor’s award

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble presented one of the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards to Steinberger Construction Inc. for its contributions to the safety, health and prosperity of Hoosiers in the workplace.

Steinberger Construction was recognized for its internal education and outreach in construction for a small-sized company.

“These companies represent the best of the best,” Ruble said. “They demonstrate a commitment not only to protecting their employees, but also to ensuring employees understand the importance of workplace safety and health. The department is proud to honor these innovative companies.”

Ivy Tech communication training slated

WINAMAC — Ivy Tech Corporate College will present an eight-hour workshop titled “Communication Skills for Supervisors” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 in the Pulaski County Development building, 623 W. Eleventh St. in Winamac.

The instructor-led, highly interactive course will focus on the skills and tools needed to help front-line and middle-level managers and supervisors understand themselves and become more productive in the workplace by coaching, mentoring and motivating employees.

The cost of the program, $200 per participant, covers reference materials and handouts.

For more information or to register, contact Mike Federspill, Ivy Tech Corporate College, at 800-459-0561 ext. 233, or

Program to equipfarm women

DEER CREEK — The 2014 Session of Annie’s Project is a program developed to empower farm women to be better business partners is scheduled starting Thursday and continuing each Thursday through April 3. The series is hosted by Carroll, Cass, and Howard County Extension offices.

The purpose of the program is to help agricultural women gain the understanding and knowledge necessary to be active and involved farm partners. In addition, Annie’s Project will help women find new ways to balance demands of family, community and professionalism within the agricultural community. Sessions will combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities and computer training.

The classes run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The first class will be at the Deer Creek Community Center, 4583 N Ind. 29 near Camden. Class sites will rotate between Flora, Kokomo and Logansport.

Registration for the course is $75 and includes meals and materials. For more details and registration information, contact Paul Marcellino at the Howard County Extension Service at 765-456-2313 or email