Two manufacturers target Indiana city for expansion

October 8, 2013

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced two economic development deals Tuesday morning that will bring more than 200 jobs to Whitley County in northern Indiana.

Gator Cases Inc., a manufacturer of cases, bags and music stands, said it will invest $4.5 million to lease, renovate and equip a 168,000-square-foot distribution center in Columbia City, leading to as many as 106 new jobs by 2016.

The 13-year-old company already has a manufacturing plant in the city 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis, but plans to move its distribution operations from Chattanooga, Tenn. Gator Cases currently has 28 full-time workers in Indiana.

The IEDC offered Gator Cases up to $550,000 in conditional tax credits based on the job-creation plans. Whitley County approved a tax abatement.

In the second deal, Micropulse Inc., a medical device manufacturer for the orthopedic and cardiovascular industries, said it would expand its operations in Columbia City, creating 100 jobs by 2016.

Micropulse said it would spend $14.3 million to equip and expand its current 100,000-square-foot facility in two phases through 2017. The expansion would add 60,000 feet to its headquarters.

The 25-year-old company already has 240 full-time employees in Indiana.

The IEDC offered Micropulse up to $700,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the job-creation plans. Whitley County approved a tax abatement.



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