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Red Star establishing local partnership to expand production

November 12th, 2013

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Red Star establishing local partnership to expand production

LARWILL, IN (November 12, 2013) Locally based Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. (Red Star), which builds injection molding machines and provides injection molding for medical customers nationwide, announced today the company is partnering with Warsaw Machinery, Inc. to increase Red Star’s capacity to build injection molding machines.

“This partnership allows us to continue expanding our reach to serve medical device and plastics equipment customers,” said Red Star President Scott Werstler, “Warsaw Machinery’s industry leading robotics and automation capabilities align with our machine building and medical device manufacturing.”

The partnership between Red Star and Warsaw Machinery will involve the companies aligning production capabilities to generate synergies that will increase machine building capacity. Red Star President Scott Werstler and Warsaw Machinery’s Larry Wettschurack and Rick Lawson worked together previously in rebuilding used molding machines and manufacturing new ones.

“We are quite happy to assist Red Star with its machine manufacturing,” said Warsaw Machinery President Larry Wettschurack,"This partnership is a perfect fit with our company’s objectives.”

This announcement caps a year in which Red Star has made a number of significant advancements. In spring 2013, Red Star announced plans to expand its Larwill facility, add new equipment and create additional jobs, which was completed in summer 2013 (Click Here for more information). Also in 2013, the company acquired the assets of contract grinding company Custom Surgical Products, Inc., which added new production technologies and positioned Red Star with 10 grinding machines at its Larwill facility to offer custom needle grinding services to its medical device customers.

Red Star continues to focus on vertically integrating the company’s capabilities to focus on customized, responsive injection molding for medical device customers. The company also maintains a unique focus on building its own machines, which reinforces Red Star’s ability to adapt to the needs of each customer with industry-leading customized equipment.

Red Star works with customers in California, Indiana, Michigan, and Texas from the company’s facility in Larwill. Red Star has been named “Supplier of the Year” by Texas-based Vidacare Corporation and is an ISO 13485-certified manufacturer.

Red Star representatives continue to participate in the EDC’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative, which has involved completion of the EDC facilitated FastTrac New Ventures program and approval of two Revolving Loan Fund awards to support expansion projects. In addition, the company has worked with Indiana Small Business Development Center and Elevate Ventures staff to receive ongoing coaching and mentoring.

About Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc.

With over 20 years experience in the design and build of custom injection molding machines and over 10 years of experience in custom molding, Red Star has developed into a unique player in the realm of contract manufacturing and custom molding. Red Star is one of few manufacturers that can design, build, validate and service the equipment they use to manufacture their customer’s products. In addition to medical, Red Star also serves mamarkets in electrical, industrial, military and other industries. For more information about Red Star, visit www.redstarcontractmfg.com.

About Whitley County EDC

The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clientsgrowth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.

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