From United Animal Health

The History

John Swisher had a dream when he was young.  Equipped with growing up in a family business and an Animal Nutrition degree from University of Illinois, he had a bold goal: to feed the world.  It was 1953, and his wife thought his dream was intriguing, but impossible.

And the first step toward his dream started with a handshake agreement with Phil Wallace to lease his mill in 1956 on State Road 38 in Sheridan, Indiana.

Now it is 2022 and John Swisher’s dream has come true.

United Feeds has evolved into United Animal Health with 350 employees, providing nutritional and health products worldwide to people who raise cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and seafood.  Our products are scientifically based to decrease dependency on antibiotics, increase the health of the animal, and improve environmental impact.

Although we have locations in multiple locations in other states, we started in Sheridan and our headquarters remain in Sheridan.  We own three main buildings on Main Street and still refer to them as The Bank (management headquarters),  The Library (scientific labs), and The Grocery (scientific labs and storage).

The Purpose

We have a deep loyalty to Sheridan and the people of Sheridan.  Therefore, we would like to help Sheridan regain its economic vitality and architectural significance.  To do so, we have learned the process is long and complicated with grants from different state and federal agencies.

United Animal Health would like to provide a kick start to Main Street, Sheridan, while Sheridan builds its competence toward larger grants.  We have developed the United Animal Health Façade Improvement Grant (FIG) of $100,000 to be granted to Main Street shop owners who submit a grant application and are approved.  The grants will be matching grants from $2,000 to $10,000 and will be awarded after the work is completed.

Hamilton County is having a Bicentennial celebration in 2023.  Sheridan will be the focus of the celebration in May of 2023 and we hope to have some new facades to show them.

We thank the town of Sheridan for being the birthplace of United Animal Health and its dream of feeding the world.

Our company and town have benefited from our association with Great Towns, Inc., an Indiana-based non-profit and Melissa Martin.  She brought the town and its people together via a contest for high school students as the students described local architecture, its history and potential.  Additionally, we’ve been working on future projects to enhance our town through Sheridan Main Street: A New View.

We have recently started conversations, plans, and financial commitments to improve the town’s development, education, and future.  We would like to help build a Main Street that is vibrant, attractive, and supports the health and welfare of our employees and their families.  We would greatly appreciate any help in revitalizing this town that has cradled our company since its beginning.

About the Grants

The program is designed to initiate: aesthetic improvements, architectural appreciation and economic development.

United Animal Health has selected a Grants Design Review Committee to be the administrative group for the program and will work directly with applicants to achieve successful revitalization projects in a timely manner, providing financial support of approved projects

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Available to commercial downtown Sheridan properties located within the boundaries of the Sheridan Historical Downtown Commercial District.
  2. Commercial operators/tenants are eligible to apply with written approval of the property owner.

Eligible Activities

Items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Repair to building exterior Façades (front, rear and side Façades are eligible).
  2. Masonry repair.
  3. Cleaning of building exterior.
  4. Exterior painting.
  5. Repairing or replacing cornices, entrances, doors, windows, decorative detail, awnings.
  6. Sign removal, repair or replacement. (Note: Guidelines not yet completed)
  7. Other repairs that may improve the aesthetic quality of the building.
  8. Façade Renovation—Must involve the general upgrading of a building’s external appearance in compliance with the Façade Improvement Grants’ current  design guidelines and design review process.

Renovation may consist of:

  1. Accentuating the existing features of the building through painting, lighting, restoration, replacement, cleaning or other treatment of exterior surfaces;
  2. The addition of design elements which may have appeared on the original building or are in keeping with the building’s character, e.g. awnings.

Ineligible Activities

Items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Interior improvements (except window display areas).
  2. Roofing
  3. Additions to existing structures.
  4. Sidewalks
  5. Purchase of furnishings, equipment, or other personal property which does not become a part of the real estate.
  6. Improvements completed or in progress prior to notification of approval.
  7. Repair or creation of features not compatible with original architecture.


Façade Improvement Grant: A 50% reimbursement up to $10,000 for the actual costs of the Façade and/or related exterior rehabilitation expenses.

Architectural Assistance: A 100% reimbursement up to $1,000 of actual architectural costs associated with façade improvements, providing the owner utilizes the architectural plans in the façade renovation. An accredited architect
shall be retained for concept drawings, specifications and consultation to maintain the historical character of building renovation.

For properties eligible for, or listed on the National Register (50 years or older)

Sign, Awning and Lighting Rebate: This plan offers a rebate for the fabrication, construction, and installation of an awning, lighting and/or signage using designated vendors. A 50% reimbursement (up to $2,500) of actual costs associated with replacement of an existing awning, lighting, and/or signage with new items meeting  Façade Improvement Grants current guidelines. Assistance may be used to add or improve an awning, lighting, and/or signage meeting Façade Improvement Grants current guidelines.

The Grant Application

Please click the button below to begin your application for a Facade Improvement Grant.



“It is all about first impressions.  The facade of a building, metaphorically, either smiles or frowns.  A facade that is ‘improved’ smiles at the public and invites them to visit a thriving business environment.”

– Parvin Gillim, Owner at Main Architect and Chair of Sheridan’s Redevelopment Commission

The Timeline

Below outlines the timeline for the Facade Improvement Grant process.

  • September 22, 2022: Meeting with Interested Store Owners
  • October 2022: Design Work
  • October 2022: Selection of Grant Approval Committee
  • Late October 2022: Grant Submission Workshop
  • November 11, 2022: Grant Submission Deadline
  • November 23, 2022: Grant Approvals Posted
  • December 2022 through April 2023: Facade Work
  • May 19, 2023: Walk Through of Sites and Grant Reimbursement

“Facade improvements will enhance the vitality of our Main Street for both current residents and visitors to Sheridan.  They will be an integral part of the dining, shopping, working, and living experience that Sheridan has to offer.”

– Chef Karyn on Main Street

Our Partners

Thank you to the following for their support of Sheridan’s Historic Main Street and our Facade Improvement Grant!

Indiana Landmarks

OCRA Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Town of Sheridan Economic Development

Sheridan Historical Society

Great Towns

Sheridan Main Street, Inc


If you have any questions, please contact:
Local Contact: Cindy Keever
Owner, Keever’s Sheridan Hardware