Two companies to add more than 200 jobs in Whitley County

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COLUMBIA CITY – One company plans to relocate its distribution center to Indiana. Another plans to expand operations. Together, they’re expected to create more than 200 jobs in Whitley County over the next three years.

According to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Gators Cases, Inc. will move its distribution center from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Columbia City. Medical device maker Micropulse, Inc., has plans for a two-phase renovation project, also in Columbia City.

Gator Cases, which makes cases and bags to protect a variety of products, will invest more than $4.4 million to lease, renovate and equip a 168,000-square-foot facility. When complete, the facility will house the company’s rotational molding factory.

The IDEC offered the company up to $550,000 in conditional tax credits. Plans call for the addition of 106 new jobs by 2016.

Gator Cases plans to start hiring for manufacturing, operation and distribution positions in December. Interested candidates can apply by emailing jobs@gatorcases.com.

Micropulse develops and manufactures orthopedic instruments, implants and sterilization trays. The company will invest more than $14 million to equip and renovate its 100,000-square-foot facility in two phases through 2017. The first phase of the project, which includes the installation of new equipment, will wrap up in late 2014.

In 2015, phase two will begin. That component includes the addition of office space and precision machines to grow its manufacturing business and support the startup incubator Orthovation Center, which provides office and development space for startups in the medical device industry.

Micropulse plans to add 100 jobs by 2016 as part of the expansion.

The Hoosier-grown company started small, beginning in 1988 in the founder’s garage. Today, Micropulse employs more than 240 Hoosiers full-time. It has already started hiring for skilled machinists, quality engineering and manufacturing engineering positions on an ongoing basis. Interested candidates can apply by visiting www.micropulseinc.com/employment.html.

IDEC offered Micropulse up to $700,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants.