COLUMBIA CITY – Using accelerated electrons to sterilize all sorts of things seems pretty hi-tech for Whitley County. However, for Jeff Blakely, general manager for Iotron Industries, it’s just another day at the office, he told Columbia City Rotarians at their weekly meeting.
One of Whitley County’s newest hi-tech companies that has located in Park 30 Industrial Park, Iotron is a Vancouver-based Canadian firm that chose Whitley county for one of its newer facilities.
According to Blakely, Whitley County was chosen for several reasons: Iotron’s competitors are located here in the Midwest; there’s a good corporation base in this area; local Economic Development Corp. Director Alan Tio was very instrumental in helping them make the decision to locate here; and purchased energy costs are favorable in Whitley County, as well.
Iotron uses a high energy linear accelerator to sterilize everything from artificial joints produced by the big three orthopedic companies in Warsaw (BioMet, DePuy, and Zimmer) to truckloads of food products.
The process is likened to a giant, sophisticated microwave, he explained.