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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 7:09 am

Verbatim: Northeast Indiana investment group buys Kruse property

John Kruse issued the following news release Tuesday:

Auburn, Indiana - It was announced today that a Northeast Indiana investment group has purchased the Kruse property, often referenced as the World War II Museum, from the Dean V. Kruse Foundation. The owners and directors of the group are well-known to the community and include entrepreneur and local Auburn resident John Kruse, former U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman, and entrepreneur and former managing partner of RV giant Jayco, Inc. Jason Bontrager.

“Our goal is to build on the Kruse legacy of promoting northeast Indiana by being a community-centric event and education hub of activity,” John Kruse said. “I care deeply about our area and am excited that this facility will be positive for the entire northeast Indiana region for decades to come.”

The facility was originally built by Dean Kruse as a World War II Museum and an automotive museum, which opened to the public in 2002. He explains, “Auburn has been good to me. I’m looking ahead to my retirement years, and after exploring the many options available to me, I decided that having my nephew John lead the growth and future of this highly visible asset would best serve our community. I couldn’t be happier.”

Many upgrades and improvements are in process and will continue in the coming months. “The facility is open for event and conference business,” said Marlin Stutzman. “Wedding receptions, corporate events and special events will all continue, and we invite everyone to connect with us to discuss your event needs by calling the facility at (260) 927-9144. Gallery 326 antique mall will also continue operations, and we look forward to being good neighbors to the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum.”

Detailed plans and further development will be announced in the coming months.