Area Development Spotlights Northeast Indiana’s Strong Industries

Investments in Orthopedic, Advanced Material Industries Earn National Attention

Coined the Orthopedic Capital of the World® by Kosciusko County’s OrthoWorx, the cutting-edge medical device industry in Northeast Indiana produces $19 billion in revenue and employs more than 22,000 people in Northeast Indiana which is 125% above the national average.

Area Development recently featured investments and innovations in Northeast Indiana highlighting the strength of the medical device cluster and advanced materials industry. Staff editor Steve Kaelble showcased how innovation runs deep in Northeast Indiana, with two of the nation’s largest orthopedic suppliers founded in Warsaw–DePuy Synthes, the first orthopedic manufacturing business in the world and orthopedic arm of Johnson & Johnson, and Zimmer Biomet, a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare headquartered in Warsaw with locations in more than 25 countries.

Additionally, Kaelble spoke with Bruce Khalili, founder, president, and chief technology officer of RAZOR Medical Instruments, Inc., about its recent announcement of relocation from New Hampshire to Northeast Indiana.  Seeking to create up to 63 jobs over a three-year period, Khalili told Area Development about the regional support for the medical device industry. “The significant amount of resources available and concentrated in this area, engineers and other technical people, and the manufacturing know-how concentrated in this one area is fantastic,” Khalili said in the article. Khalili also cited regional partnerships and talent recruitment opportunities involving area economic development agencies, OrthoWorx, nearby universities, and a local business accelerator focused on musculoskeletal health.

Northeast Indiana’s strength in collaboration and manufacturing is something Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership President and CEO, Stéphane Frijia, highlighted as a differentiating factor as the 11-county region attracts business investment. Frijia told Kaelble that Northeast Indiana is “a place where real things are made.” “There’s an understanding of what it takes to make something from nothing. We use innovative technologies to turn advanced materials into products that enhance our way of life,” Frijia said in the article.

It’s clear that Northeast Indiana is constantly innovating and evolving to create the latest life-changing technologies to improve patient outcomes. If you’re curious about why business is made better in Northeast Indiana, connect with our team for more information about Northeast Indiana’s leading target industries.

To read the full article, visit Area Development’s website here.

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