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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Northern Tool + Equipment lands in Beech Grove

Beech Grove, IN (October 12, 2019) — A growing tool and equipment retailer with more than 100 stores in 21 states is entering Indiana with two Indianapolis area stores that are set to open October 31st.

Burnsville, Minnesota-based retailer Northern Tool + Equipment is targeting busy retail areas near Interstate 465 on the south and north sides of the cities with the new stores. One is at at 5236 Victory Drive in Beech Grove, is just south of I-465 and east of Emerson Avenue. The other one is at 9345 Waldemar Road, just west of Michigan Road and south of I-465, near the Pyramids office complex.

Northern Tool + Equipment at 5236 Victory Drive in Beech Grove 
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The stores will open in newly constructed buildings of more than 22,000 square feet each and will employ 20 people apiece, the company said.

“Indianapolis is a perfect market for our business given the city’s size, its vibrant Midwest economy and its strong concentration of our core customers of both homeowners and business owners,” Vice President of Sales and Marketing Wade Mattson said in a written statement.

Mattson said the company also was attracted to Indianapolis because of the city’s “larger-than-average distribution and warehousing sector, along with its unique convergence of five interstate highway corridors.”

Northern Tool + Equipment at 5236 Victory Drive in Beech Grove 
 Photo: Invisible Beech Grove

The company said it plans to open additional stores in Indiana over time, but hasn’t determined how many or how soon.

Northern Tool + Equipment, founded by Don Kotula, is a family-owned company that opened its first store in Burnsville in 1981. Today, the company has more than 105 stores, most of them in the eastern half of the country, with Indiana becoming its 22nd state.

The company is in expansion mode. It recently opened stores in O’Fallon, Illinois; Metairie, Louisiana; and Abilene and San Antonio, Texas. Texas is by far its busiest market with 29 stores, followed by Florida with 13 and Minnesota with 10.

Geared towards both construction professionals and do-it-yourself customers, Northern Tool + Equipment sells everything from hand tools and power tools to pressure washers, semi trailer accessories and metal fabrication equipment. The stores also offer a parts, service and repair department.

The stores carry more over 9,000 products and more than 1,500 types of parts.

Northern Tool + Equipment at 5236 Victory Drive in Beech Grove 
 Photo: Invisible Beech Grove

The company, which manufactures its own North Star line of pressure washers, generators and compressors, has estimated annual revenue of nearly $1.5 billion.

Real estate broker Gary Perel, a principal at Indianapolis-based ALO Property Group LLC, said Northern Tool + Equipment’s likely competitors include places like Tractor Supply, Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Real estate is booming in Indianapolis, Perel said, including both new construction and redevelopment projects—so it makes sense that a new retailer serving that market has come to town. “I think where you’ve got residential growth, you’ve certainly got increasing demand for that type of product.”

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SOURCE: IBJ

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Jostens 2020 Photo Contest

Beech Grove, IN (October 10, 2019) — Attention Middle School, Junior High School and High School students. Get those photos ready and get them to Jostens for your chance at a cash prize and more in the 2020 Photo Contest.

Upload photos any time between 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, March 1, 2020 (“Entry Period”). A team of industry professionals will judge all photo submissions to select the winners of the Jostens Photo Contest. Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions will be announced in April.


To be eligible for the contest, entrants must be a legal resident of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or a legal resident of the provinces or territories of Canada (excluding Quebec) AND a current middle school, junior high school or high school student. All entrants must also be 13 years of age or older.

Each individual photo will need its own model release form signed by all individuals who are personally and substantially identifiable in the photo (including crowds, landscapes and illustrations). Photos submitted without a completed model release will not be accepted in the competition.

More information at Jostens Photo Contest

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Indiana voter registration ends Oct. 7th

Beech Grove, IN (October 5, 2019) — Hoosiers must register to vote by the end of the day Monday if they want to cast a ballot in this November’s election. Indiana law cuts off voter registration 29 days before the election. That means this year, it’s Monday, October 7th.

Hoosiers can register at their local county clerk’s office or online, at IndianaVoters.com. If they’re signing up at the clerk’s office, the cut-off time is the end of the business day. But online registrations are available until midnight.


Those registering to vote must have a driver’s license or state identification card. They must also be 18 years old by Election Day and have lived in their precinct at least 30 days prior to Nov. 5.

In addition to registration, the Indianavoters.com and the app allow you to look up your polling location, get directions to your polling location, find out who’s on your ballot, track your absentee ballot application and contact election officials.

In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:
• be a citizen of the United States,
• be at least 18 years old by Election Day,
• have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the election; and
• not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

If you have any questions, call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

City Council candidate host community discussion

Beech Grove, IN (September 24, 2019) — Gary Hall, a candidate for Beech Grove City Council District 2 is holding a discussion at the Indianapolis Public Library - Beech Grove Branch, Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00 PM. Gary invites all residents to openly share their ideas and enjoy an informative discussions about Beech Grove.


Gary stresses that party affiliation does not matter and everyone’s thoughts and recommendations about the Parks Department are encouraged and appreciated. The Beech Grove branch of the library is located at 1102 Main Street in Beech Grove. The session will be held in the basement. Gary has planned to do these community discussions on a weekly basis.   

More information about Candidate Gary Hall can be found at his Facebook page Gary Hall for Beech Grove City Council District 2 and also at RickSrivin.com/GaryHall.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement, but a general story. Reference to this story or any specific political candidate, purpose, service, organization, ect, does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Invisible Beech Grove or it's affiliates. 

Man arrested for striking officer with car

Beech Grove, IN (September 24, 2019) — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) identified and arrested a man for allegedly striking an officer with his vehicle after stealing items from the Walmart store in Beech Grove.

Just before 5:45 p.m. on August 17th, IMPD officers were dispatched to 4650 South Emerson Avenue to assist an off-duty officer. An off-duty IMPD officer was working at Walmart assisting with security when he attempted to apprehend a shoplifter. During this time, the suspect struck the officer with his vehicle and fled the scene in a silver four-door sedan. The officer was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and later released.


Detectives reached out to the community earlier in the month for their assistance. Through tips and information provided to the detectives from the community, detectives identified and arrested 31-year-old Cody Amos for his involvement in this incident.

We continue to encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Carroll at (317) 327-6331 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip or go to CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip.


You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to a felony arrest. Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards. This release may be updated as more information becomes available. Information given via Crime Stoppers should be considered anonymous.

SOURCE: Fox59