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 historic 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).
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 Facade Improvement Grant (FIG) of $100,000 to be distributed to Main Street shop wonders who submit a grant application and are approved. The grants will be matching grants from $2,000 to $10,000 and funds will be reimbursed at the beginning and end of each project.
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, Managing Director. She brought the town and its people together via a contest that introduced high school students to their architectural heritage, adaptive reuse and preservation. Additionally, we’ve been working on future projects to enhance our town through another Great Towns, Inc. initiative, Main Street Sheridan / 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.
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 wll work directly with applicants to achieve successful revitalization projects in a timely manner, providing financial support of approved projects.
Items include, but are not limited to, the following:
Renovation may consist of:
Items not eligible for grants include, but are not limited to, the following:
Award recipients are expected to commit when at all possible to the following guidelines for the work paid for by a FIG grant.
Facade Improvement Grant: A 50% reimbursement up to $10,000 for the actual costs of the Facade and/or related exterior rehabilitation expenses
Working with partners, professional architectural assistance with experience in preservation is provided for each project. A Reference Exhibit, a rendering that combines the owner’s vision of building improvement with professional suggestions for design that is aligned with historical context is also provided at no cost to the owner.
NOTE: Applications are accepted only from Applicants who have been invited to submit an application following submission of An Interest and Readiness Questionnaire, a review by the Committee and an invite from the Committee to apply.
Thank you to the following for their support of Sheridan’s Historic Main Street and our Facade Improvement Grant!