Wright Medical to build research and development facility in Whitley County

June 27th, 2018

The Journal Gazette

A groundbreaking was held Tuesday on a more than $3 million research and development facility in Columbia City that will create up to 20 jobs.

The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. and Wright Medical Group, a global medical device manufacturer, recently announced the company will build in the Park 30 Business Center.

Wright Medical Group provides surgical solutions for the upper extremity, lower extremity and biologics markets, three of the fastest-growing segments in orthopedics, a news release said.

“We are truly pleased that Wright Medical has decided to construct its research and development facility along Orthopedic Alley here in Whitley County,” Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp., said in a statement. “We believe that our other companies will benefit from the local development of Wright's cutting-edge technology.”

Construction of the new state-of-the-art facility will involve a design-build team led by Michael Kinder & Sons that includes Elevatus Architecture and Engineering Resources.

The IEDC offered Wright Medical Group up to $260,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans.