The Town of Ashley



 
 
The Town of Ashley is  conveniently located in northeastern Indiana -- approximately 1/4 mile west of Interstate 69 and less than 20 miles of Interstate 80/90.   The northern 1/3 of Ashley is located in Steuben and the southern 2/3 of Ashley is located in DeKalb. The center line and county line is Indiana State Road 4 (State Street).
 
Population  982  (Source: 2014 census)
 
AMENITIES: Ashley is home to four parks. Ashley Memorial Park consumes an entire block within the center of town where the smiley face water tower is located. Sunset Park is a 12 acre park located in the southwest corner of town. The park has three baseball diamonds, tennis court, three basketball courts, three pavilions, three shelter houses, a pond, and a half mile walking trail. John Carpenter Field is a ball diamond complete with playground equipment located on the north part of town. The main community event is the Ashley-Hudson Festival, which is held annually on the first Saturday of August. This event is facilitated by the Chamber and includes day long events in both communities.   The Ashley Community Center houses the Ashley Gym & Fitness Center and has exercise, cardio and weight equipment and training programs available.
 
EDUCATION: The entire town is serviced by the DeKalb Central School District. Country Meadows Elementary is located 1.75 miles south of Ashley. The older students attend DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb High School. The town is fortunate to have a satellite Ivy Tech Community College site located in the Ashley Community Center, which services students from the four surrounding counties. 
 
EMERGENCY SERVICES: The Ashley Police Department is located in the Ashley Community Center and consists of three full time certified officers and three reserve officers. The Fire Department consists of 22 personnel that are all volunteers. The Fire Department also operates an emergency response team consisting of certified emergency medical technicians, first responders, certified “Jaws of Life” technicians, and hazmat technicians. 
 
GOVERNMENT: A three-member town council, elected every four years, meets on the second Monday of every month.  All meetings are held at the Ashley Community Center.
 
HISTORIC: The Town of Ashley was platted and incorporated on July 18, 1892 by the Wabash Railroad. It was named after Ossian W. Ashley, the president of the Wabash Railroad. In the early years the town housed many railroad yards. The Indiana Improvement Company bought land and established the division of the Wabash Railroad that runs along the northern boundary of DeKalb County. The new railroad and the technology that accompanied it drew a large influx of people to the area.

INDUSTRY: 

  • Advantage Concrete 
  • Ashley Industrial Molding
  • Bostwick-Braun
  • Chemtura
  • Family Dollar Distribution Center
  • Global Fluid Carrying Systems 
  • K-CoPack
  • Klink Trucking
  • K-Tech Specialty Coatings
  • MTR Machining Concepts
  • Old Smokey's
  • Parker-Hannifin Corp.
  • Royal Arc Welding
  • Shepherd's Industrial Truck Repair
  • Strategic Materials, Inc.
  • Three Rivers Archery
  • TI Automotive
  • Tribute Precast Systems, LLC
  • TRIN, Inc.
  • Western Power Sports.  
UTILITIES:  The Town of Ashley provides water and sewer services for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.  Electric utilities are provided by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).   Ashley is where the “Smiley Face” water tower is located and has become to be known as the town of the “Smiley Face”. The wastewater plant was rebuilt in 2006 and has a capacity of 400,000 gallon per day. All of the utilities have generator back-up power sources.

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