Medical Device Initiative

The medical devices industry is one of the state’s most valuable economic assets. The industry generates billions of dollars in economic output annually, greatly due to its extensive supply chain and successful manufacturing operations.

One-third of the $32 billion global orthopedic industry is headquartered in nearby Warsaw. Northeast Indiana was ranked the fourth-highest state in venture capital percentage gains from 1999 to 2004.

Whitley County Medical Device Supply Chain                                                        

AJ Machine, Inc. – Automated machining shop, gages and fixtures
Blue M Medical – Custom medical devices and instruments
C&A Tool Engineering (2 locations) – Contract machining and fine tooling
DOT America, Inc. – Specialty coatings and surface treatments for medical implants and instruments
Engineering Services – Plastic injection molding & prototype tooling
EtaVonni Engineering, LLC – Design services for the medical device industry
Fort Wayne Metals – Advanced Materials Development– Bone screws, pins, rods, wire, etc.
Impact CNC, LLC – CNC production, CNC production machining, casting machining and forging machining (primarily automotive)
Iotron Industries USA – Electron beam medical sterilization
Kilgore Manufacturing Co. – Precision CNC machining, design and build custom machinery
Kyocera SGS Specialty Group – Medical cutting tools
Micropulse – Orthopedic surgical instruments, implants & sterilization cases & trays
Nanovis – Implant products such as plates, screws, scaffolds
Numerix– Precision CNC machining specializes in manufacturing components and subassemblies for medical device industry
Pro Systems – Automated machines & systems, including plastic insert molding systems, molding machine rebuilds & retrofits
Qualitex – Custom gages and fixtures, CNC machining, grinding, laser etching
Quality Inspection & Gage – Fixtures and gages, engineering and design services
Red Star Contract Manufacturing – Specializes in insert injection molding for medical device industry
Restoration Medical Polymers –Product and process development and manufacturer of medical grade polymers
Sites Medical – Specialty testing, prototyping, specialty manufacturing and quality & regulatory services
Wright Medical – Global medical device company focused on Extremities and Biologics

Whitley County Wages

Average Wage
Architectural and Engineering Managers
Materials Engineer
Mechanical Engineers
Industrial Engineers
Computer Systems Analysts
Tool and Die Makers
Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers $37,651
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Computer Support Specialists

Workforce Development

Whitley County and the northeast region provide employees with access to numerous training programs to enhance skill sets and continue company competition in the global marketplace.

  • Indiana Tech offers an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.
  • Trine University offers a graduate degree in engineering with a major in biomedical engineering.
  • Purdue University offers a graduate certificate program called Biomedship (biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship) and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in biomedical engineering.
  • The University of Notre Dame has a graduate program in integrated biomedical sciences and offers a graduate degree in bioengineering.
  • Ivy Tech Community College in Warsaw has an orthopedic and advanced manufacturing training center

Source: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, EMSI 2015.2 Class of Worker

"Northern Indiana is rich with skilled manufacturing talent, and the work ethic is second to none. Hoosiers have a 'roll up you sleeves and do what needs to be done' attitude." —Brian Emerick, President and CEO of Micropulse, Inc.