Micropulse to expand, add jobs

Staff reports

COLUMBIA CITY — Local medical device developer and manufacturer Micropulse Inc. plans to expand its facility and add 25 new jobs.

Micropulse, located off State Road 14 south of Columbia City, is a medical device manufacturer providing medical implants, instruments, cases and trays and sterile packaging. The company will add $5.5 million in new equipment to the current 160,000-square-foot facility. The new equipment will increase machining and inspection capacity for the company.

“Micropulse is proud to call Whitley County home and we appreciate the years of support we have received from the local community and county government,” Micropulse Chief Financial Officer Brian More said in a statement. “In today’s competitive business world and tight labor market, this abatement will allow us to make deeper investments in training and development of our workforce.”

CEO Brian Emerick founded the company in 1988 in his garage, just next door to the current facility. Today, Micropulse employs more than 300 people and continues to grow. The company has been recognized in national publications for its innovation and out-of-the-box approach as a contract manufacturer of medical devices and supporter for the entrepreneurial community. Since 2010, Micropulse has helped support orthopedic start-up companies through its in-house incubator, the OrthoVationTM Center.

“Whitley County is truly blessed to have a globally competitive company like Micropulse make its home here. They provide good-paying jobs not only to our current residents, but they provide opportunities to folks who may want to return home or move from other places to become a part of our community,” Whitley County Economic Development Corp. President Jon Myers said in a statement.

The Whitley County Council approved a 10-year tax abatement in support of the project, at the request of the Whitley County EDC.

“We are proud to support Micropulse Inc. on this project, and look forward to hearing more about the company as it continues to grow, and add value to our community,” said Whitley County Council President John Barrett.

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