Business Case Studies

Let us introduce you to a few companies who are maximizing ROI by plugging into Northeast Indiana’s talented workforce, abundant resources, vibrant quality of life and fluid infrastructure.

Of course, these case studies are just a snapshot of our county — we’ve been in touch with many more businesses that are moving here from other parts of the country, or are expanding existing operations. Keep watching this page as we continue to showcase more companies.

Advanced Manufacturing

80/20 Inc.The first thing you notice when you enter the 80/20 building just off Highway 30 in Columbia City, Indiana is the energy and enthusiasm that permeate the facility. From the receptionist who greets you at the front door, to the employees on the manufacturing floor, to the CEO and founder, the enthusiasm of the workforce is obvious. Read more by downloading the full case study on 80/20 Inc.
Iotron Industries USA, Inc.Iotron is the region’s first and only sterilization and materials modification facility, providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective contract sterilization of medical and orthopedic devices, pest and microbial reduction for agribusiness, and materials modification of building and technology products—all without damaging the product or producing any waste, hazardous gases, or harmful chemicals. Read more by downloading the full case study on Iotron Industries USA, Inc.
Steel Dynamics, inc.As the nation’s fifth largest producer of carbon steel products, Steel Dynamics, Inc. is a proven force to be reckoned with in the steel industry. Their structural and rail facility is capable of producing up to 1.8 million tons per year of wide-flange beams, H-piling, channels, sheet piling and standard- and premium-quality rail products. Read more by downloading the full case study on Steel Dynamics, Inc.

Defense / Aerospace

Ultra Electronics–USSIEven though Ultra Electronics – Undersea Sensor Systems, Inc. (USSI) has a long, successful history in Whitley County, the company has never been content with the status quo. Growth and innovation continue to define USSI, which designs, develops, and manufactures advanced underwater sensors and communication devices for military, homeland security, and commercial use. Read more by downloading the full case study on Ultra Electronics—USSI.

Medical Devices

Micropulse, Inc.Micropulse was founded in 1988 in the garage of an Indiana farmhouse on East State Road 14 by tool-and-die maker Brian Emerick. Twenty- five years later, the multimillion dollar medical device manufacturing company is housed in a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility—and it’s still right next door to the farmhouse where the business started. Read more by downloading the full case study on Micropulse, Inc.

Featured Businesses

Three Birds Casual, Inc.Three Birds Casual was founded in 1999 by three Hoosiers, in the garage of company president Tad Varga, as a way to combine a passion for travel with a hobby for collecting. Learn how the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative helped Three Birds Casual, Inc. by downloading the full case study.
Whitley Manufacturing, Inc.Whitley Manufacturing in South Whitley, Indiana, was founded in 1946 to provide affordable housing for returning World War II veterans and their families. They have now grown to more than 100 employees. Learn how the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative helped Whitley Manufacturing, Inc. by downloading the full case study.
Numerix, Inc.Based in Columbia City and founded in 2002, Numerix, Inc. is a precision CNC machining company that specializes in the manufacturing of components for medical, aerospace and defense, and general manufacturing industries. Learn how the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative helped Numerix, Inc. by downloading the full case study.

Agribusiness Featured Companies


Ag Plus, Inc.There’s no such thing as every man for himself at Ag Plus. The Ag Plus corporate culture is based on teamwork, and the company thrives on accomplishing a profitable goal. An average of $148 million in annual sales is a result of the company’s devotion and teamwork. Read more by downloading the full case study on Ag Plus, Inc.
Conley & Koontz Equine HospitalIt’s the only private equine hospital in the state of Indiana and the first equine hospital in the nation to utilize the cutting-edge ACT Now Autologous Cellular Therapy. The premier medical facility for horses proudly serves northeast Indiana, and is a one-of-a-kind gem in Whitley County. Read more by downloading the full case study on Conley & Koontz Equine Hospital.
Farmers Grain & Feed Co., Inc.Farmers Grain & Feed Company has been in Columbia City, Indiana since the turn of the nineteenth century. The family-owned company started as a flour mill business on Line Street in Columbia City. The business continued to grow and transformed into a successful grain and feed company. Read more by downloading the full case study on Farmers Grain & Feed.
Goldwood GardensWith one greenhouse, two hoop houses and 15 production acres, Goldwood Gardens produces a variety of fresh goods. Owner Canda Goldwood started a Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) to provide fresh produce to locals, and now 100 people annually participate in the program. Read more by downloading the full case study on Goldwood Gardens.
Holzinger Seed ServiceHolzinger Seed Service was established in 2004 in Columbia City. Owner, Jason Holzinger, first started with a 60’ x 120’ warehouse, a truck, trailer and forklift. Now, after adding an additional warehouse, bins for a seed treating system, and crop insurance services, his sales have more than doubled since 2004. Read more by downloading the full case study on Holzinger Seed.
Joseph Decuis FarmThe Joseph Decuis Restaurant has grown to become Indiana’s most celebrated “farm to fork” culinary destination. Its fine dining restaurant was voted number one in Indiana and one of the top 50 in the United States. Its farm produces food for the restaurant and its emporium, and the farm is best known for raising the Japanese Wagyu beef. Visitors stay overnight at the Joseph Decuis Inn in Roanoke, or the Farmstead Inn located on the farm. Read more by downloading the full case study on the Joseph Decuis Farm.
More Farm StoreMore Farm Store may have started as a small family-owned business, but they’re doing big things! Customer satisfaction is More Farm Store’s #1 priority. “Doing what’s right matters to us,” said owner Andy More. More Farm Store is located off Business 30 in Columbia City and also has locations in nearby Warsaw and Fort Wayne. Read more by downloading the full case study on More Farm Store.
Novae CorporationNovae Corporation has been named one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. for the past eight years. And now, Novae is building another manufacturing plant in Markle which will be in full swing by November 2014. Read more by downloading the full case study on Novae Corporation.
Schrader Real EstateWhen you walk in the front door at Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company it’s the smiling faces that capture you first. From the Schrader office to the auction truck on the road, the Schrader team values every relationship they build. Although Schrader is a four-time USA Today/National Auctioneers Association “Auction of the Year” award recipient, they believe all the awards in the world can’t make up for a record of integrity. Read more by downloading the full case study on Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company.