This city, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, has long been saddled with dubious distinctions.
It is the home, for example, of two dozen former General Motors factories and thousands of retired auto workers who are still dependent on G.M. for health care and pensions. It once ranked right behind Flint, Mich., as the city with the largest concentration of G.M. operations, and it fell just as hard as the car company faltered.
But on Monday, Anderson enjoyed some rare bragging rights. A global company, Nestlé, opened a new Coffee-Mate and Nesquik plant here and announced plans to expand to more than a million square feet. Its total investment, $529 million, is creating hundreds of new jobs.
...And the Flagship Enterprise Center, a partnership between Anderson University and the city intended to incubate and support small businesses, says it has helped create 1,200 jobs and start 55 companies locally since 2005. ...
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—Mary M. Chapman is a reporter for the New York Times. Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Detroit. Photo by Richard Perry.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.