Business briefs

Franklin-based company lands exclusive client

Taiwan’s largest machine tool maker, Fair Friend Group, has named Franklin-based Heartland Machine & Engineering its exclusive North American importer for its Korean product line FFG I DMC. The FFG I DMC product line provides CNC lathes, milling machines and machining centers to companies in the diesel engine and fuel injection, aerospace, orthopedic and automotive industries and job shops that are suppliers to these industries.

DMC Korea was acquired in January 2015 by FFG. FFG recently integrated the DMC product line into its global machine concept and established FFG I DMC, now positioned as one of South Korea’s top three machine tool manufacturers.

The acquisition has allowed Heartland Machine & Engineering to continue its three-year history as a national leader in DMC machine sales, according to a statement from the company. This leadership position played a pivotal role in selecting the company as the North American importer for FFG/DMC under the name FFG I DMC by Heartland.

FFG I DMC by Heartland currently has distributors in Texas, Massachusetts, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Canada and the East region that includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. All of the distributors attended a recent FFG I DMC distributor open house where they were immersed in product technology education, hands-on demonstrations and product automation capabilities.

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Walmart helps ‘Meat’ the Need

The Emerson Avenue Greenwood Walmart store in Greenwood recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry $2,500 for its “Meat” the Need program.

The donation will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for about 1,900 pounds of donated meat in Johnson County, which will then be distributed to area hunger relief agencies -– providing almost 7,400 meals to residents in need.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to the program. Hunters and farmers wishing to donate may do so by contacting a participating meat processor in their area and taking the large game or livestock in for processing. There is no charge to donors. The butcher will process, package and freeze the meat.

Local hunger relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community in which it was donated.

In the last five years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry have helped to distribute almost 540,000 pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing over 2.1 million meals to Hoosiers in need.

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Tilson announces new hires

Tilson human resources firm recently announced four key hires in its payroll and accounting departments.

Joining Tilson in payroll administration are Sue Bryant, payroll tax accountant — team lead; Paul Mitchell, payroll associate; and Emily Pickhardt, payroll assistant. In addition, Tilson welcomes staff accountant Kristi Mason, who will be handling the company’s financial statements.

Bryant has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, payroll and accounting and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and professional human resources and SHRM-CP certifications.

Mitchell earned a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College and a bachelor’s degree in history and religious studies from Franklin College. Pickhardt attends the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis and will graduate in May with a bachelor’s in business and human resource management.

Mason holds a Master of Science in taxation from the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Purdue University. Her experience includes work as a tax accountant at Gauthier & Kimmerling LLC, a database specialist at IU Health and an accounting intern at Tube Processing.

Christina Place recognized for excellence

Christina Place, a senior health care center in Franklin, recently announced that it was recognized with the 2016 Best of Senior Living Awards from, a ratings and reviews site for senior care and services.

The annual Best of Awards celebrates the best of the best in senior living and home care across the United States and Canada. Award recipients represent the top tier of in-home care, assisted living and other senior living providers, based on online reviews written by seniors and their families, according to a statement.

Of the nearly 100,000 providers currently listed on, less than 1 percent was recognized with this award.

To qualify for the Best of 2016 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2015.

Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on

Home Bank honored for local longevity

In late January, Martinsville-based Home Bank was recognized at both the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis in the passing of a resolution acknowledging its 125 years of providing banking services.

The resolution was passed after positive commentary from Reps. John Price, Woody Burton and Peggy Mayfield. The resolution was then presented to the Indiana Senate.

Home Bank president and CEO Dan Moore and board of director member David Sease were present representing Home Bank.