Shelby County News

Global engineering solutions provider expanding Columbus headquarters

LHP Engineering Solutions (LHPES), a global engineering services provider and technology integrator, announced plans today to expand its operations in Bartholomew County, creating up to 135 new jobs by 2023.

"Indiana continues to take center stage as a hub for innovation with global companies like LHPES developing new solutions to solve 21st century challenges right here in our state," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "In partnership with Ivy Tech and the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs, LHPES is growing our workforce by providing hands-on training in the automotive industry to veterans. We applaud LHPES for its focus and dedication to offering life-changing opportunities for not only its employees, but also for our veterans.”

The Columbus-based company, which provides engineering services and technology integration for embedded controls, telematics, data analytics and model-based design for the automotive, aerospace and medical industries, will invest more than $1 million to grow its headquarters at 1888 Poshard Dr., making building and office improvements and significant hardware and software investments.

LHPES, which employs 190 associates at its Columbus location and 478 worldwide, is hiring for engineers in the electrical, mechanical, computer science, quality, functional safety and controls fields, as well as any related field in transportation software. Interested applicants may apply online.

“We’re excited about LHP’s growth potential and the opportunity to participate in a technology revolution that is going on within the transportation industry," said Dave Glass, CEO of LHPES. "We are very fortunate to be headquartered in such a business-friendly environment as the state of Indiana and the city of Columbus. With all the investments being made in advanced manufacturing and automotive technologies, we have plenty of confidence that we can continue to grow right here, at home."

Founded in 2001 by Dave Glass and Ryan Hou, LHPES provides engineering services and technology integration for embedded controls, telematics, data analytics and model-based design. The company, which is a Minority Business Enterprise, has expanded to locations in California, Michigan, Texas, China, Italy and Mexico. Originally providing services to the automotive industry, the company has translated its expertise across a wide range of industries such as medical device, power generation, aerospace and the broader transportation industry.

Last fall, LHPU, the training division of LHPES, and Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana's largest public, postsecondary institution, announced a partnership with the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs. This partnership will assist U.S. veterans with hands-on training and career development in the automotive space. LHPU's mission is to grow the worldwide talent pool of highly-qualified controls engineers. Since its inception in 2011, LHPU and Ivy Tech have helped bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace by delivering boot camp training to more than 600 students and engineering professionals.

“LHPES is a home-grown, globally-engaged success story, and we are certainly proud to support the growth of their headquarters and engineering operations in Columbus,” said Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered LHP Engineering Solutions up to $1.6 million in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Columbus supports the project at request of the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation.

Police looking for impersonator that assaulted a Shelbyville man

On May 16th, 2019 at 3:46 am the Shelbyville Police Department was dispatched to the area of 800 block of South Tompkins for an assault.  Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the victim.

The victim received a call from the suspect.  The suspect advised he/she was a police officer and the victim was advised he needed to address an issue concerning his property.  The victim got dressed and when he left his residence, he was assaulted.  The victim has been assaulted in the past and we are working to see if there is a connection to these incidents.

The suspect was able to get away with items he/she took from the victim.  At this time this is still an ongoing investigation.  We ask anyone with any information on this incident to please contact the Shelbyville Police Department Detective Division.

We encourage anyone who feels they may be receiving a call from someone who portrays themselves as an officer, and you feel it may be a hoax, to hang up and then call the agency back.  We feel it is better to take a couple of extra minutes to confirm this information and help prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a crime.

Investigation continues Shelbyville baby’s death

Indiana State Police are now investigating a Shelbyville baby girl’s death.

Gabriella Lynn “Ellabear” Nuthak, seven-months, lost consciousness at her babysitter’s home on August 9, 2018.  She was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.  She passed away after family took her off life support three days later.

The investigation into the child’s death continues following the release of the Marion County Coroner’s report.

Carrie Ridgeway is Ella’s grandma.  She says it’s been a long wait for that report.

The coroner’s report indicates the cause of death is blunt force trauma.  There are no charges pending in the death at this time.

Ridgeway says the family just wants something definitive to answer the questions surrounding Ella’s death.

Ridgeway says answers to what caused Ella's death would, at least, provide some closure.

Ella was the daughter of Danny Lee Nuthak and Shelbi Lorraine (Gilpatrick) Hopkins.

Gabriella is survived by her parents of Shelbyville; brother, Channing Hopkins; maternal grandparents, Glenn and Amanda Gilpatrick of Fountaintown; paternal grandparents, Carrie and Brad Ridgeway of Shelbyville; and a very loving extended family.

Flags to half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to remain at half-staff on May 15, 2019 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 for Peace Officers Memorial Day as well as honoring the life of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff.

Narcan used to revive Hope man; drug charges

A Hope man was revived and later arrested following a Saturday slide-off.

About 5:30 pm Saturday Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were enroute to a slide off in the 17000 block of E 500 N.  On arrival, deputies observed an unconscious male being treating by Hope Fire Department personnel.

Deputy Andrew Whipker administered two doses of Narcan and the subject, Joshawa Wayne Coy, 20, of Hope, regained consciousness.   After clearance from Columbus Regional Hospital, Coy was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia

As of this report Monday, Coy remained in BCJ in lieu of $60,000 bond.

Carthage deputy town marshal charged with felonies after breaking up a burglary

On April 8, around 11:30 pm, an off duty Carthage Deputy Town Marshal, Jonathan R. Hancock,  38, interrupted a burglary in progress at a local business in Carthage.  Hancock, who lives near the business, confronted three suspects as they were coming out after breaking in, identifying himself as a police officer.  The suspects began to flee on foot during which time the officer gave chase and fired shots, but none of the suspects were struck.

One juvenile suspect was caught and taken into custody, but the other two suspects fled and are still at large. The Rush County Sheriff's Department is conducting the burglary investigation, and the Indiana State Police were requested by the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office to conduct an investigation into the shots fired.

After the shots fired portion of the investigation was completed by Detective Sergeant Scott Jarvis it was turned over to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Officer for their review. After their review, a warrant for the charges of Level 6 Felony Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon; Level 6 Felony Impersonation of a Public Servant; Level 6 Felony Official Misconduct of a Public Servant and Level 6 Felony Pointing a Firearm at Another was issued for John Hancock.

The Impersonation of an Officer charge stems from Hancock not completing his yearly Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) required training in 2018, to remain certified as a police officer in Indiana. Hancock turned himself in at the Rush County Jail today and later bonded out.  This is all the information available for release, and any further questions should be referred to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office.

Job and Career Fair May 23 at Indiana Grand

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it will be hosting its 5th Annual Job and Career Fair on May 23 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in the Trackside Clubhouse. The event will be open to job seekers from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

There are currently over 40 businesses participating; representing hundreds of open positions.

Ashford Place Health Campus

Blue River Career Programs Adult Education

Brazeway, Inc.


Caterpillar Reman

City of Shelbyville

Compass Park

Cornerstone - MBCI

CraneWerks, Inc.

Delta Faucet Company

Denny's Restaurant


Elwood Staffing Services, Inc.

Express Employment Professionals

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Morristown)

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Greenleaf Foods SPC

Indiana American Water

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Infinity Home Care Plus, Inc.

INTAT Precision, Inc.


Ivy Tech Community College/Advantage Shelby County

J & L Tool & Machine, Inc.

KB Specialty Foods

Knauf Insulation

Koenig Equipment, Inc.


Nippon Steel Cold Heading Wire Indiana, Inc.

NSG Group

Old Hickory Furniture

One Solution Logistics

Penske Logistics


Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc.

Shelby Materials

Staff Management

Taylor Communications, Inc.

Timber Creek Village

Walker Place


Woodforest National Bank

WorkOne Shelbyville


Attendees should be prepared for on-site interviews. Attendees may also provide a copy of their resume to the Shelby County Chamber that will be shared with all companies who participate.

If your business/organization is interested in participating in the Shelby County Job and Career Fair, please contact Courtney Chapella at (317) 398-6647 or

Sponsors include:  Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc., Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Knauf Insulation, NSG Group, Blue River SHRM and Shelby County Development Corporation.

Culvert repair will close Shelby County road starting Monday

The Shelby County Highway Department will be closing 1000 South between 25 West and Flat Rock Road beginning Monday, May 13, to replace a culvert.  It will be closed for 4 – 6 weeks.

Access to 346 and 456 W 1000 S will be from 25 W.

Access to 742 and 750 W 1000 S and 10097, 10180, and 10481 S 75 W will be from Flat Rock Rd.

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