Success Stories

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Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program now offers an online version of its training course designed to help workers prepare to be certified as green manufacturing specialists. The online workshop provides preparation for those wanting to take the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate exam. The program includes a videotaped lecture and PowerPoint presentations.

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Hoosier Racing Tire, founded in Plymouth, Indiana in 1957, continues to innovate and on it's way has become the world's largest race tire manufacturer.  Every tire the company produces is made in Plymouth and is shipped to over 70 counties with distributors throughout the world. With the rising growth and popularity of motor sports, Hoosier Racing is expanding its production facilities and plans to add employees.

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Plymouth Municipal Airport might have closed for good, run-down and overgrown with weeds after 30 years of neglect.  But when Mayor Mark Senter was elected in 2008, he took an interest in the long-neglected airfield, and appointed new members to the Board of Aviation Commissioners, starting with Tom Flynn, who became president of the board.

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A northern Indiana orthopedic manufacturer is growing at a pace that surprises even its leading executives. Culver Tool and Engineering, Inc. in Plymouth - just 25 miles from the Warsaw orthopedic cluster - has experienced three consecutive years of 33 percent growth, says president Wade Berger. For the small company of 55 employees, the flourishing business has resulted in some unexpected "growing pains" that it's responding to with a $1 million expansion.

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For about 7 years, Kessler Crane, located in Plymouth, Indiana, has been cranking out tools that help capture perfect images. While their company is relatively young, their product line is extensive. Eric Kessler, President of Kessler Crane, says, "We make everything from tripods, heads, motion controls, jib arms, sliders dolly systems. Pretty much anything that holds a camera."

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Culver Tool & Engineering, Inc. has announced plans to add on to its existing production facility in Plymouth, investing approximately $1,000,000 in new construction and new manufacturing equipment and creating at least 6 new jobs in 2012.


The Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth (CPEG) has provided $50,000 of funding to enable Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties to participate in the first phase of the Regional Entrepreneurship Action Plan (REAP), a three-year initiative intended to generate economic activity across the Northern Indiana. The REAP initiative will be managed by Elevate Ventures, a venture development organization that provides support to emerging or existing high-potential businesses.


Indiana Grown program is launched which is a cooperative effort among farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants and the Indiana Department of Agriculture (ISTA) to brand and promote Indiana produce and production.  The new certification program encompasses everything from produce and field crops to dairy, meat and poultry products, to horticulture.

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Purdue University's Manufacturing Extension Partnership has launched a program designed to highlight manufacturing's contributions to Indiana's economy and raise awareness of products made in the state. The "Made in Indiana" initiative includes company profile pages on MEP's website and social media platforms.


MCEDC releases a year end report providing a glimpse into its activities, the impact of the organization, and the accomplishments and roles played in various economic development projects throughout 2011. The report focuses on business expansion; business retention; business attraction and marketing; entrepreneurial development; and community, community, advocacy and infrastructure.


In December 2011, NIPSCO in conjunction with the Midwest Independent Transmission Systems Operator (MISO) announced plans to construct a 100 mile, 345 kilovolt transmission line between White and La Grange counties. The $270 million transmission line is planned to go through Marshall County.