BERLIN (April 17, 2014) â€“ Governor Mike Pence joined executives from DOT GmbH, a medical coating technology provider, to announce the companyâ€™s plans to establish DOT America, Inc. (DOT) in Columbia City, Ind., creating up to 20 new high-wage jobs by 2016.
The Rostock, Germany-based orthopedics company is investing approximately $4.5 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,520 square-foot facility in Columbia Cityâ€™s Blue River Industrial Park. The facility, the companyâ€™s first location outside of Germany, is enabling DOT to fill a gap in the supply chain to its North American clients.
â€śFor their first facility outside Germany, DOTâ€™s leaders embarked on a search for the best stable and affordable business climate,â€ť said Pence. â€śThough still in its early stages, DOT has already found that and more in Indiana, the worldwide center of the orthopedics industry. With our skilled Hoosier workforce behind them, we are pleased that more and more German companies like DOT continue to select Indiana as their North American home.â€ť
DOT currently employs more than 290 full-time associates in Germany. It has already begun hiring engineers and technicians at its Columbia City location, which opened in November 2013.
â€śDOT offers valuable surface treatment services to the orthopedic and medical industry in Indiana and the United States. Although business relations with U.S. customers are already well established, the generation of further growth needs direct market presence,â€ť said Hans Eifeler, managing director of DOT. â€śDOT chose to establish its North American operations in Indiana primarily because the worldâ€™s leading orthopedic companies are located here. In addition, Indiana has a positive, welcoming business climate for foreign investors.â€ť
Founded in 1992, DOT develops and supplies medical coating treatment technology for implants and instruments for the orthopedics industry under the name DOTImplantSource. In addition, under the name DOTbiomaterials the company develops and manufactures regenerative medicine products for the dental and orthopedic industries. With customers around the world, DOT also maintains a research and development team for the improvement of existing coatings and developing new coatings.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered DOT America, Inc. up to $50,000 in training grants based on the companyâ€™s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Columbia City will consider additional property tax abatement at the request the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
â€śWe are pleased to welcome DOT to Columbia City,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. â€śDOT joins a growing number of companies in our community involved in the medical device supply chain.â€ť
DOT is the third German company this week to announce plans to add jobs and invest in the Hoosier State, reaffirming Germanyâ€™s strong impact across Indiana. Earlier this week, NORRES, a German industrial hose manufacturer, announced plans to base its North American operations in South Bend and German extrusion manufacturer JĂ¤ger Group made plans to expand its subsidiary Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions in La Porte.
This week, Pence is leading an economic development and jobs mission across Germany, sharing why Indiana is a state that works for German companies to grow and thrive. More information about the governorâ€™s job-hunting trip can be found at: http://in.gov/gov/Germany2014.htm.