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Whitley County business honored as “Innovator of the Year”

November 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (November 21, 2011) – As first reported in the print edition of The Post & Mail, BE Adaptive Equipment LLC (Be Adaptive), a Whitley County business owned by Brian and Renee Kyler, was recently honored as the 2011 “Innovator of the Year” in the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s 2011 Innovation Awards.

“This recognition is a significant milestone in our company’s journey,” said Brian Kyler, “We never really set out to build a business, so it is an incredible honor to be recognized from among such a strong group of innovative companies.”

BE Adaptive was selected as “Innovator of the Year from among seven category winners by a panel of successful entrepreneurs and executives in the sixth-annual competition. EDC staff and Whitley County representatives joined the company owners for the event at which the award was announced.

“On behalf of Whitley County, I am proud that a locally grown business received this recognition,” said Whitley County Councilman Bill Overdeer, “I look forward to working with the EDC to encourage Brian and Renee’s continued success in the years ahead.”

BE Adaptive designs and manufactures activity trays and shooting rests for rifles, shotguns, pistols, crossbows and compound bows that can be used by disabled outdoorsmen as well as controls for shooting the weapons and lifts for all-terrain vehicles. The company recently expanded its selection to include nine custom products and is currently developing three new products in 2012. The company sells products online and through a number of assisted living and veterans facilities.

The company was formed in 2001 when Kyler met local outdoorsman Eric Dirig, who had become disabled after a dirt bike accident and was searching for a means to return to hunting. Dirig and Kyler collaborated to develop a wheelchair mount for a rifle that did not require Dirig to cut or modify is gun and allow Dirig to test or borrow other weapons. A hobby project quickly turned into a business and sales have grown consistently since that time.

“Our motto is “If you can dream it, we can build it,”” said Kyler, “BE Adaptive continues to grow from one product to another as we focus on helping people fulfill their dreams of returning to the outdoors.”

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients' growth and success. Our mission is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.

About Be Adaptive Equipment LLC
Be Adaptive Equipment LLC is a manufacturer of activity trays and shooting rests for rifles, shotguns, pistols, crossbows and compound bows that can be used by disabled outdoorsmen. The company also makes controls for shooting the weapons and lifts for all-terrain vehicles. For more information about BE Adaptive, please visit: www.beadaptive.com.

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