Learn more about Whitley County by contacting Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp.Email Whitley County
Whitley County is a friendly rural community situated between Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city, and Warsaw, the Orthopedic Capital of the World. Whitley County’s prime location makes it a strong economic asset to our region. The county features diverse industries, including manufacturing, agribusiness, defense, medical devices, transportation, and logistics. Major employers include Steel Dynamics, C&A Tool Engineering, Ultra Electronics, Advanced Assembly, and more. Whitley County location on “Orthopedics Alley,” which includes all the medical-device companies along U.S. 30 leading into Warsaw, the Orthopedics Capital of the World.
Columbia City, located in the heart of Whitley County, is connected by a developed network of rails and roadways. The centralized location has spurred economic and population growth. Columbia City’s advanced-manufacturing industry is led by the innovation of local businesses. Companies such as 80/20, which makes custom metal-fabricated pieces, leads the expanding industry. In addition to a promising economic future, Columbia City can be proud of the various community activities it offers. From award-winning parks to rural festivals, Columbia City has everything from outdoor adventures to special events to make life fun. Columbia City is a special place for entrepreneurs. In 2007, Lindsey Hively, a millennial entrepreneur, started her popcorn company, Poptique Gourmet Popcorn, in the heart of Columbia City with her dad Gary. Whitley County is also home to Shindigz Party Supplies, one of the region’s largest party-supply stores.
A vibrant, growing small town, Churubusco has been nicknamed Turtle Town U.S.A. after a famous turtle hunt in the 1940s. It is home to the oldest continually held festival in Indiana, the historic Turtle Days festival. Churubusco recently completed phase one of its Downtown Revitalization Project, funded in part with a Main Street Revitalization Grant. The completed phase included reconstructed sidewalks, decorative lighting, landscaping features, and new benches along the 100 block of North Main Street, enhancing the beauty of the downtown area. Churubusco’s downtown is home to many locally owned shops, including two antique stores, a hardware store, a secondhand clothing store, and restaurants. C&A Tool, a major employer in the city, recently announced a $6 million expansion.
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