Manufacturers To Create Over 200 New Jobs In Columbia City

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Manufacturers To Create Over 200 New Jobs In Columbia City

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (21Alive) – Two manufacturers in Columbia City are creating new jobs in Columbia City.

Micropulse Expands Operations in Columbia City
Micropulse, Inc., a medical device manufacturer for the orthopedic and cardiovascular industries, announced plans to expand its operations in Columbia City, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2016.

“We are growing in Indiana for a number of reasons including our talented people, a tremendous infrastructure of suppliers, customers and the availability of future skilled workers,” said Brian Emerick, founder and president of Micropulse. “Indiana continues to lead the nation, encouraging companies like Micropulse to grow through numerous pro-business initiatives and low tax rates.”

The company plans to invest $14.3 million to equip and renovate its current 100,000 square-foot facility in two phases through 2017. The first phase is expected to be complete by late next year and includes equipment installation. The second phase includes a 60,000 square-foot facility expansion and some renovation and will commence by 2015. The new expansion will house additional offices and precision machines and will accommodate growth of its core contract manufacturing business and continued support of the startup incubator Orthovation Center.

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Gator Cases, Inc. Relocates Distribution Center
Gator Cases, Inc., a manufacturer of cases, bags and stands for the music, pro-audio, audiovisual markets and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) case suppliers, announced plans to relocate its distribution center from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Columbia City, creating up to 106 new jobs by 2016.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion in Indiana,” said Crystal Morris, president of Gator Cases. “The business friendly climate, central location and excellent workforce were the leading factors in our decision to choose the Columbia City location. We are looking forward to continuing our growth of USA manufacturing along with streamlining our distribution to insure best in class performance for our customers.”

The company, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, will invest over $4.4 million to lease, renovate and equip a 168,000 square-foot facility at 2499 S. 600 E. The new facility which is expected to be complete by January 2014, will house its rotational molding factory.

Gator Cases employs 28 full-time associates in Indiana and 64 across the country and is planning to begin hiring manufacturing, operation and distribution positions this December. Interested candidates can apply by emailing jobs@gatorcases.com.

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