Pictured left to right are Alan Tio, Whitley County EDC; Rob Marr, C&A Tool Inc.; Brian Emerick, Micropulse; John Nolan, SDI; Joe Peters, Ultra Electronics/USSI and Don Wood, 80/20 Inc. â€” Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Continuing the Whitley County Economic Development Corporationâ€™s 20th anniversary celebrations, the EDC recently recognized five industries for their contributions to Whitley Countyâ€™s economic development efforts at an event held at Joseph Decuis Farm in Whitley County.
â€śOver the course of the year, we have celebrated the long-standing commitment of this community to our local economic development efforts,â€ť said EDC President Alan Tio, â€śWith this recognition we are turning the spotlight on industry pillars that have made substantial contributions to our economic success.â€ť
The five inaugural â€śWhitley County Architectsâ€ť are: 80/20 Inc., C&A Tool Engineering Inc., Micropulse Inc., Steel Dynamics Structural Steel & Rail Division, and Ultra Electronics-USSI.
Each of these companies has worked with the EDC to support numerous significant investments at their respective Whitley County facilities. These companies now collectively have more than 2,000 employees, which represents 15 percent of total employment in Whitley County.
â€śOver the past 15 years we expanded five times and grown from 63,000 square feet to over 250,000 square feet and reached 350 wonderful employees,â€ť said 80/20 Founder and CEO Don Wood, â€śit is a pleasure to receive this award and I am looking forward to future projects, to more expansions, and to adding more jobs in Whitley County.â€ť