Manufacturing Readiness Grants

Be Ready for the
Future of Business

Manufacturing Readiness Grants assist manufacturers planning to make innovative capital investments in smart manufacturing within their Indiana operations—leveraging technologies from advanced communications to cobots to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and beyond.

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Our Impact

So far, 384 Manufacturing Readiness Grants have been made to businesses across the state. Read our 2022 Impact Report.

$39M
in grant funding awarded
69
counties impacted
$484M
in project budgets supported

These grants are already having a major impact throughout our state.

For example, between 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen budgeting for technology adoption among participating AML companies nearly double. And grant recipients almost universally attribute the grant to either enabling, expanding or accelerating a technology investment.

Given the success of these grants, we’re working with the State of Indiana to help award another $20 million through fiscal 2023.

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Partners and History

Conexus works with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and Next Level Manufacturing Institute to help manage the Manufacturing Readiness Grants program.

The program was originally launched as part of the IEDC’s Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program and was extended through a new appropriation from the Indiana General Assembly. By encouraging private sector investments, these grants have already made a substantial impact—and have helped set the stage for future innovation and growth in AML throughout the state.

Innovating for Our Future

Our Manufacturing Readiness Grants have supported tech-enabled investment in smart manufacturing all around the state. Companies listed are in various stages of project implementation.

*The map and recipient list is evolving as projects progress.

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RPM Tool

RPM Tool

RPM Tool is a fabrication, machining and injection molding firm. The company plans to invest in modernized automated injection molding equipment and software.

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Wieland Designs, Inc

Wieland Designs, Inc

Wieland Designs Inc. manufactures commercial furniture across various markets, including, aviation, healthcare, office and recreational marine. The firm is investing in their first system that integrates pattern design software with programmable- and CNC-controlled sewing, quilting and stitching to expand the envelope of designs that can be produced.

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WF Meyers Company Inc.

WF Meyers Company Inc.

WF Meyers Company Inc. is a producer of diamond tools for the dimensional stone industry.

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United Animal Health

United Animal Health

United Animal Health produces a wide variety of solutions serving the areas of animal nutrition and animal health for swine, poultry and dairy customers. The company is implementing robotics into its packaging to automate manual processes of hanging, filling and stacking bags.

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Trifecta Medical, LLC

Trifecta Medical, LLC

Trifecta Medical LLC manufactures cases and trays for orthopedic and surgical instrument sets to meet FDA and hospital standards for cleaning and sterilization processes for reusable instruments. They are investing in automated material handling and punch operations with nesting software and IoT connectivity.

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U.B. Klem Furniture Company

U.B. Klem Furniture Company

U.B. Klem Furniture Company is a contract manufacturer of wood products and goods, specializing in furniture for restaurants (booths, tables, chairs and more) throughout the United States. The company is investing in a newly released next generation 5-axis CNC lathe that automates the lathe production system. Additionally, the project adds four more machines into the company’s overall system, combining multiple machines and setups into one without manual tool changing.

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Tiedemann Bevs Industries

Tiedemann Bevs Industries

Tiedemann Bevs Industries is a manufacturer of interior and exterior casket textiles, embroideries and snap-in panels for caskets. The company is investing in an automated cutting system with nesting software.

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TMF Center Inc.

TMF Center Inc.

TMF Center Inc. produces component parts for manufacturers of off-highway construction equipment, the mining industry and heavy-duty trucking. The company is purchasing a collaborative welding system to lower the skill threshold of part production.

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Thomas/Euclid Industries, Inc

Thomas/Euclid Industries, Inc

Thomas/Euclid Industries Inc. is a contract manufacturer predominantly serving aerospace. They specialize in tough-to-produce, tight-tolerance parts required for many of the engines in planes today. They are investing in new production equipment to enable portions of the workflow to run lights out and un-manned.

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Strick Trailers, LLC

Strick Trailers, LLC

Strick Trailers LLC is a manufacturer of semi-trailers for the trucking industry. The company is purchasing three robotic welders to automate two welding cells in its manufacturing plant, specifically for welding of landing gears. 

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Tactile Engineering

Tactile Engineering has developed and refined a design for an affordable tactile graphics tablet for use by blind and visually impaired (B/VI) individuals based on technology from Purdue University and is investing in automated manufacturing of product.

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Splendor Boats, LLC

Splendor Boats, LLC

Splendor Boats LLC manufactures a variety of products within the marine and agriculture markets, including their own line of deck boats. They are investing in automated industrial sewing equipment to add capability and improve productivity in sewing patterns into seating upholstery.

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SteelHarbor LLC

SteelHarbor LLC designs, manufactures and cuts steel parts, serving various markets. The firm plans to invest in automated tube bending and laser welding to enhance production capabilities for manufacturing pontons and pontoon boats.

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SIMS, INC

SIMS, INC

SIMS Inc provides ITAR compliant machining services to transportation and defense clients. The firm is expanding capacity into additive manufacturing, enhancing design and simulation capabilities and automating CNC tool handling.

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Specialized Component Parts Limited, LLC

Specialized Component Parts Limited, LLC

Specialized Component Parts Limited LLC manufactures silicon nitride and silicon carbide igniters for gas appliances. The firm plans to invest in a custom, robotic testing cell to achieve 100% electrical testing and certification of igniter system components via advanced sensors and data acquisition.

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Smoker Craft, Inc

Smoker Craft, Inc

is a watercraft manufacturer selling fiberglass, pontoon and aluminum boats both domestically and internationally through network of dealers under the Smoker Craft brands. The company is undertaking a multi-million dollar investment to automate and modernize its manufacturing facility, which includes advanced robotics and automated welding systems.

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SIGMA Equipment (Surplus Division)

SIGMA Equipment (Surplus Division)

SIGMA Equipment (Surplus Division) is a spare MRO component company that refurbishes and resells electrical, industrial, and automation components for the manufacturing industry. The company plans to invest in an automated storage and retrieval system to automate their shipping and receiving processes.

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Sanders Processing Inc.

Sanders Processing Inc.

Sanders Processing Inc. is a slaughter and processing operation with multiple facilities in their region operating at capacity. They are investing in automation equipment to address production bottlenecks, specifically in the areas of form, fill and seal packaging and case packing.

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River Bend Hose Specialty Inc

River Bend Hose Specialty Inc

River Bend Hose Specialty Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of hose products with various operations across Indiana. The firm plans to invest in robotic welding along with cutting, processing and preparation automation to enhance production capacity.

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Roberts Glass & Service, Inc

Roberts Glass & Service, Inc

Roberts Glass & Service Inc. is a fabricator and installer of a variety of glass and aluminum panel systems for commercial and industrial projects. The company is investing in manufacturing equipment with integrated design software.

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Rapha Roast, LLC

Rapha Roast, LLC

Rapha Roast, LLC is a boutique, small-batch coffee roaster, specializing in various coffee beans originating from Asia, Central and South America and Africa.

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Precision Medical Technologies, Inc.

Precision Medical Technologies, Inc.

Precision Medical Technologies Inc. manufactures medical instruments and implants across various product complexity levels. The firm is investing in cobots to address flexibility required in machine tending setups required for their high-mix, low-volume production of thousands of products

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Pharmaceutical Vessel Engineering Inc.

Pharmaceutical Vessel Engineering Inc.

Pharmaceutical Vessel Engineering Inc. manufactures code compliant vessels and components manufactured from stainless steel and nickel-based alloys for the pharmaceutical, powder, automotive and distillery industries. The firm plans to invest in metal 3D printing for production of parts too complex for subtractive methods.

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OFS Brands Holdings, Inc.

OFS Brands Holdings, Inc.

OFS Brands Holdings Inc. manufacturers and sells branded office, healthcare and hospitality furniture. The firm is investing in a full robotic production line to reduce lead times and improve product quality and productivity.

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Nowak Precision LLC

Nowak Precision LLC

Nowak Precision LLC DBA Nexos Avian is a recently formed contract manufacturer specializing in aerospace, medical, and defense machining and welding. The firm is making precision tool investments to grow and broaden their capabilities to serve their defense clients.

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Multix Precision Manufacturing Inc

Multix Precision Manufacturing Inc

Multix Precision Manufacturing Inc. is a precision CNC machine shop. The company is deploying a cobot to enable lights out manufacturing on one of its CNC machines with breaks only for maintenance and unexpected down time.

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Starlight Distillery

Starlight Distillery

Starlight Distillery is a family owned and operated craft distillery that manufactures beverage alcohol, including bourbon, whiskey, brandy, gin, rum, and vodka. The company is making investments to transition from batch distillation to automated continuous distillation to increase production 5-fold, thus expanding domestic and international spirits distribution.

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Netshape Technologies, LLC

Netshape Technologies, LLC

Netshape Technologies LLC manufactures metal components via Powder Metallurgy and Metal Injection Molding technologies. The firm is innovating their workflow with several investments in tech-enabled equipment, including automated pocket plate machining, balancing machinery and visual inspection camera to enhance production capacity.

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Mixer Direct, Inc.

Mixer Direct, Inc.

Mixer Direct Inc. manufactures stainless vessels, agitators, process controls and complete liquid process systems. They are integrating multiple steps in their production workflow with investments in material handling with laser positioning and precision plasma cutting.

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Monroe Custom Bodies

Monroe Custom Bodies

Monroe Custom Bodies is a fabricator of work truck bodies for major public utilities as well as commercial customers.

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McCreary Concrete Products, Inc.

McCreary Concrete Products, Inc.

McCreary Concrete Products Inc. manufactures and delivers precast concrete structures to transportation infrastructure job sites statewide. The firm plans to invest in a technology- enabled, self-offloading system to streamline deployment of their structures in the field to reduce job site delays for their customers.

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Michigan City Paper Box Company

Michigan City Paper Box Company

Michigan City Paper Box Company (LaPorte County) is a 119 year old manufacturer of retail packaging products with a variety of product offerings, especially 2-piece cotton-filled jewelry boxes. The firm is modernizing multiple production lines with robotics that will pick and place inserts into boxes, load lids onto the boxes, and then erect and fill cartons of finished product.

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Millmark Enterprises Inc.

Millmark Enterprises Inc.

Millmark Enterprises Inc. is a steel and aluminum fabricator with powder coating and carbon dioxide laser capabilities.

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Material Management Technologies LLC

Material Management Technologies LLC

Material Management Technologies LLC is a manufacturer providing material procurement and custom fabrication services, including production of custom material kits. The firm plans to bring currently outsourced production jobs in-house via investment in new automated machining centers with remote access capabilities.

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Mayasari LLC

Mayasari LLC is a manufacturer launched from a restaurant specializing in Indonesian foods. They produce their own proprietary tempeh recipe and are investing in commercial-grade automation equipment to enhance production capacity and product quality.

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Mainline Conveyor Systems, Inc.

Mainline Conveyor Systems, Inc.

Mainline Conveyor Systems Inc. manufactures conveyor and material handling equipment for the corrugated box industry. The company, under new ownership of a former tech executive, plans to modernize with advanced technologies, starting first with a cobot-based welding system.

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Madsen Steel Wire Products

Madsen Steel Wire Products

Madsen Steel Wire Products is a steel wire manufacturer specializing in safety partitions, shelves, displays, grids and other structural wire applications. The company is investing in an automated equipment for wire mesh welding.

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Manna Asian Foods LLC

Manna Asian Foods LLC is a food processor that specializes in meat products, shipping to nearly 100 immigrant-owned markets and grocery stores across the United States. The company is investing in new equipment to automate the processing and packaging of its products.

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Lumatic Imagery LLC

Lumatic Imagery LLC

Lumatic Imagery LLC manufactures photography products that enable remote capturing of high-quality portraits and imagery. The firm is investing in automated industrial technology, as well as new product software to enable remote monitoring and tracking features.

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Little Garden Foodies

Little Garden Foodies is a nutrition and wellness company that manufactures ingredients for plant-based health packs such as immunity packs with electrolytes and vitamins. The company is investing in automated equipment for filling and sealing packets of water-soluble powder.

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KMC Controls

KMC Controls

KMC Controls manufactures open, secure and scalable building automation and technology solutions including HVAC building solutions. The firm plans to invest in automated production of electronics, including optical inspection, selective soldering and surface mount technology.

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Leading Edge Fabrication LLC

Leading Edge Fabrication LLC

Leading Edge Fabrication LLC manufactures countertops serving the RV OEM, commercial and consumer markets. The firm plans to invest in a robotic CNC system equipped with sensors, camera inspection and IOT connectivity to improve productivity.

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KITO LLC

KITO LLC

KITO LLC is an entrepreneurial fashion brand that specializes in creative design and production of unique shoe designs sold globally. The company plans to bring product manufacturing of their foam shoes in-house with investment in additive and injection molding equipment.

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Kimball International

Kimball International

Kimball International Inc. is an omnichannel commercial furnishings company producing furniture under several global brands. The company is investing in automated equipment with IoT connectivity and machine learning for loading and unloading of parts and panel bending to reduce waste in its processes.

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JM Woodworking Company

JM Woodworking Company is a builder of custom cabinets and doors serving new home construction in the Fort Wayne area.

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Janco Engineered Products

Janco Engineered Products

Janco Engineered Products LLC manufactures a wide-ranging suite of advanced composites utilizing multiple resin systems of epoxy, polyester and vinylesters, plus various glass and carbon fibers to provide unique properties that are ideal for many industrial and commercial applications. The firm plans to invest in automated curing ovens with temperature recipe controls to reduce energy consumption and improve operating efficiencies.

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Jasper Plastics Solutions

Jasper Plastics Solutions

Jasper Plastics Solutions provides manufacturing services such as molding, painting, drying, assembly, machining and robotic line processes for rigid foam polyurethane and fiberglass components. The company plans to invest in new, automated metering equipment, which includes sensors to provide real time data for processing and linkages to human machine interfaces to be monitored by plant personnel.

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Innovative Designs

Innovative Designs

Innovative Designs manufactures sewn products for various industries, including automotive, RV, golf and marine. The firm plans to invest in an automated CNC quilter and a CNC 3-axis wood and plastic cutting machine.

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Hurricane Ditcher Company, Inc

Hurricane Ditcher Company, Inc

Hurricane Ditcher Company Inc. is a manufacturer of ditching, terracing and waterway equipment for agriculture industries. The company is investing in a next-generation plasma cutting table with software integration.

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Hobart Locker and Meat Packing

Hobart Locker and Meat Packing

Hobart Locker and Meat Packing is a meat processing facility serving regional livestock producers. The company is investing in automated equipment for processing and packaging hamburger meat and sausage.

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HiViz Custom Outfitter LLC

HiViz Custom Outfitter LLC

HiViz Custom Outfitter LLC manufactures and packages custom apparel and accessories including specialty uniforms for women and expecting moms. The firm is expanding with a new building, with current operations in Ripley County, and plans to invest in automated production equipment with workflow automation software to serve contracts with industrial clients.

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Heliponix, LLC

Heliponix, LLC

Heliponix, LLC is an agricultural technology startup that has secured an MOU with a leading appliance manufacturer to license its technology.

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Hammond Machine Works

Hammond Machine Works

Hammond Machine Works Inc. is a machine shop that manufacturers rail car parts and products across various industries. The firm is undertaking a major expansion with a new facility that will include a fiber optic laser to enhance production capabilities and reduce outsourcing to third party contractors.

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Global Building Products, LLC

Global Building Products, LLC

Global Building Products LLC is a manufacturer that provides fabrication and assembly of industrial doors and windows for use in commercial steel and industrial real estate. The company plans to invest in two, cobot-based welding systems to streamline welding production processes.

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Glaze Tool and Engineering

Glaze Tool and Engineering

Glaze Tool and Engineering provides custom automation systems and tooling for a variety of industries, including agriculture, appliance, automotive, consumer products, medical, and pharmaceutical. The firm is upgrading their wire EDM capabilities to a new system with advanced controls and enabled with remote monitoring and data acquisition.

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Genie Supply Inc.

Genie Supply Inc.

Genie Supply Inc. develops, tests and manufactures a variety of private label and custom cosmetics and skincare products. The

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GDC Inc.

GDC Inc.

GDC Inc. is a manufacturer of a wide variety of products and components to a range of advanced industries.

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Flotec

Flotec

Flotec manufactures respiratory products for medical markets including: specialized regulators, pressure reducers, flow control valves, liquid oxygen valves, fill to vent valves and quick disconnect fittings. They are making investments in robotic machining to accommodate production of a new product.

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FiberX Incorporated

FiberX Incorporated

FiberX Incorporated is a bioindustrial chemical company transforming corn stover via proprietary technology developed at Purdue University to produce sustainable replacement phenol resin products for industrial markets, eliminating the use of petroleum as a feedstock and the use of dangerous formaldehyde. FiberX has also developed mechanical means to process corn stover as a feedstock for biocomposite plastics. The firm plans to invest in automation and process equipment to scale production.

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EQUIS Manufacturing, LLC

EQUIS Manufacturing, LLC

EQUIS Manufacturing LLC. provides electronics design, testing and manufacturing services to industrial clients. The company is investing in automated termination equipment with crimp quality monitoring to improve production of cable assemblies and wiring harnesses.

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Elevation, Inc.

Elevation, Inc.

Elevation Inc. is a textile print shop that prints plastisol transfers used to decorate products ranging from T-shirts to ambulance seats. The firm is automating two manual-intensive processes with investments in two automatic printers and an automated coating system, both of which will innovate operator workflow and enhance productivity.

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EVS Ltd.

EVS Ltd.

EVS Ltd. is a manufacturer of a proprietary line of specialized seating to the ambulance industry. The company is installing state of the art manufacturing equipment in a new facility to increase efficiency and add new, highly engineered child safety products to its product line.

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Electromechanical Research Laboratories, Inc.

Electromechanical Research Laboratories, Inc.

Electromechanical Research Laboratories Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of systems serving industrial, marine and pump customers. The firm plans to invest in robotic handling equipment matched to their CNC equipment.

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Dyna-Fab

Dyna-Fab

Dyna-Fab is a contract manufacturer of fabricated metal parts and products serving many Indiana-based original equipment manufacturers. The firm plans to invest in cobot-based plasma cutting & welding to expand production capacity by alleviating production constraints.

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Electro-Spec Inc.

Electro-Spec Inc.

Electro-Spec Inc. provides electroplating, passivation and heat-treating services with a customer base throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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DuraMark Technologies

DuraMark Technologies

DuraMark Technologies is a digital print provider specializing in durable decals. The company is investing in the latest label converting technology on the market to expand capacity.

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DL-Engineering, LLC

DL-Engineering, LLC designs and assembles circuit boards and cable assemblies for companies and individuals.

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Dayton-Phoenix Group

Dayton-Phoenix Group

Dayton-Phoenix Group manufactures high-powered resistors, primarily utilized in large diesel electric machinery, such as locomotives and mining trucks. The firm is developing the next generation of their core seamwelding machines, which will include multiple robots and cobots and advanced sensor technology.

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Diamond Billiard Products Inc.

Diamond Billiard Products Inc.

Diamond Billiard Products Inc. is a manufacturer of pool tables and billiard-related accessories.

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Crystal Industries, Inc

Crystal Industries, Inc

Crystal Industries Inc. is a metal fabricator serving commercial transportation, including: ambulance, bus, recreational and utility vehicle markets. The company plans to transition from CO2 laser cutting to a much more advanced, high power, fiber optic laser system with digital features.

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Crossroads Solar Enterprises LLC

Crossroads Solar Enterprises LLC

Crossroads Solar Enterprises LLC manufactures modular, photovoltaic solar panels and is expanding production through tech-enabled modernization. The firm is investing in a new assembly line that is digitally integrated with inventory, quality and workflow systems to double production.

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Conn-Selmer Inc.

Conn-Selmer Inc.

Conn-Selmer Inc. is a musical instrument manufacturer, including brass instruments for student, amateur and professional use.

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CM Engineering

CM Engineering

CM Engineering Inc. is a machine shop that offers precision CNC fabrication, milling and turning, as well as tungsten inert gas (TIG) and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. The company is investing in a robotic welding system to expand capacity and enhance efficiency.

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Colbert Packaging Corporation

Colbert Packaging Corporation

Colbert Packaging Corporation is a manufacturer of custom folding cartons, formed trays, pressure-sensitive labels, package inserts and a wide array of specialty paperboard products serving the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. The company is automating six production lines with robotics to affix labels to corrugated shipping cases and lift the cases from the conveyors to pallets on the floor.

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Chiyoda USA Inc.

Chiyoda USA Inc.

Chiyoda USA Inc. is a manufacturer of injection molded, blow molded, body color painted and assembled trim components to the automotive industry.

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Centurion Arms LLC

Centurion Arms LLC

Centurion Arms LLC manufactures fire arms and related parts. The firm plans to invest in cobots for machine tending of CNC equipment to enhance productivity.

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CF Roark Welding & Engineering Co., Inc.

CF Roark Welding & Engineering Co., Inc.

CF Roark Welding & Engineering Co. Inc. is a contract manufacturer specializing in exotic metals and complex geometries serving aerospace, defense, space and other science-related industries domestically and globally. They are upgrading their Coordinate Measurement Machine capabilities to the latest and most advanced technology.

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Brinkley RV LLC

Brinkley RV LLC

Brinkley RV LLC is a recently launched RV manufacturer building three production facilities on a 252-acre campus and adding 300+ new jobs. The firm is making large investments in several pieces of highly automated production equipment with a variety of tech-enabled features, including robotics and IoT connectivity.

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BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc.

BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc.

BWXT Nuclear Operations Group Inc. manufactures components and systems for the defense market through contracts that serve U.S. Navy shipbuilding of submarines and aircraft carriers. Their work is classified and they are making investments in wireless infrastructure and digital manufacturing platforms that comply with the latest cyber security protocols and information control strategies.

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BBS Enterprises dba Complexus Medical

BBS Enterprises dba Complexus Medical

BBS Enterprises dba Complexus Medical is a contract manufacturer for the orthopedic industry that provides CNC machining, welding, assembly and finishing services of complex, multi-piece surgical instruments. They plan to invest in robot-tended CNC machining to allow un-attended operations on nights and weekends.

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Bowmar, LLC

Bowmar, LLC

Bowmar LLC manufacturers electro-mechanical assembly supply parts and a range of fully engineered systems for aerospace and defense markets. The firm plans to invest in high precision CNC integrations to automate manual processes.

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B Nutty, LLC

B Nutty, LLC

B Nutty LLC is a gourmet and artesian peanut butter manufacturer shipping 17 flavors to 8 countries. The company is investing in a packet sorter and filler system for automated production to supply the USDA’s Ready-to-Use Supplemental Food program.

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Applied Fabricators Inc.

Applied Fabricators Inc.

Applied Fabricators Inc. is an architectural sheet metal operation that fabricates metal for building exteriors, including roof edge metal, single skin wall panels and other products used in construction projects. The company is investing in a new press brake machine and 2 cobots for press brake tending.

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API Alliance

API Alliance

API Alliance is an electronics and software design and manufacturing operation that provides electronics assembly and engineering services for many Indiana-based companies. The company is investing in technology enhancements, including vision alignment and analysis as well as additional high speed, precision surface mount technology and processing machines.

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Angola Wire Products Inc

Angola Wire Products Inc

Angola Wire Products Inc. manufactures custom-designed, engineered and fabricated wire and steel products for OEMs and retail clients. The firm plans to invest in industrial robotic welding technology and cobots to enhance production capacity.

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Accutech Mold & Machine, Inc.

Accutech Mold & Machine, Inc.

Accutech Mold & Machine Inc. is a plastic injection molding operation with mold making capabilities serving automotive and other industries such as agriculture and military. The company is investing in robotics to pick, separate and package automotive components from its injection molding press machines.

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ABC Industries Inc.

ABC Industries Inc.

ABC Industries Inc. is a manufacturer of ventilation products serving mining, tunneling, and industrial markets in North America and across the globe.

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3D Parts Manufacturing, LLC

3D Parts Manufacturing, LLC

3D Parts Manufacturing LLC is a firm that offers engineering services, including the full range of production from prototypes through short run and mass production. They specialize in high-resolution additive manufactured plastics, flexible rubbers and metals. The company plans to purchase a new suite of industrial 3D printing technology to expand production volume and capacity.

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World Arts Inc.

World Arts Inc.

World Arts Inc. is a printing and fulfilment company that specializes in life sciences, higher education and commercial industries.

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Winona Powder Coating Inc.

Winona Powder Coating Inc.

Winona Powder Coating Inc. is a provider of finishing services, including E-Coat and Powder Coat finishes for various industrial markets.

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Winn Machine Inc.

Winn Machine Inc.

Winn Machine Inc. is a custom component manufacturer that produces medium-, to high-volume machine parts and components for customers ranging from food processing, construction and heavy equipment manufacturers.

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Tradebe Environmental Services LLC

Tradebe Environmental Services LLC

Tradebe Environmental Services LLC is an international operation that provides waste management, treatment and recycling services through multiple U.S.-based facilities.

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The Christopher Stephen Corporation

The Christopher Stephen Corporation

The Christopher Stephen Corporation specializes in design and build of specialty machinery and automated equipment – with key services including high-speed automation, robotic assembly and testing, welding and various forms of quality testing.

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Soil-Max Inc.

Soil-Max Inc.

Soil-Max Inc. is a manufacturer of tile plows predominantly used within the agricultural market to install subsurface drainage pipes.

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Smith Bros of Berne Inc.

Smith Bros of Berne Inc.

Smith Bros of Berne Inc. is a residential furniture manufacturer that produces custom, upholstered products.

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Smartt Innovations Inc.

Smartt Innovations Inc.

Smartt Innovations Inc. is a powder coating shop serving the many fabricating businesses in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Serim Research Corporation

Serim Research Corporation

Serim Research Corporation is a diagnostic test strip manufacturer for various testing uses including: in vitro diagnostics, cleaning, disinfectant, water quality and more.

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Sam Tucker LLC

Sam Tucker LLC

Sam Tucker LLC is the parent company for multiple home goods and packaging fulfillment companies (eLuxury and ePackageSupply).

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Reschcor Inc.

Reschcor Inc.

Reschcor Inc. is a custom-engineered plastic extrusion manufacturer that provides extrusion processing, tooling design and in-line fabrication services for complex plastic extrusion projects.

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Ramco Engineering Inc.

Ramco Engineering Inc.

Ramco Engineering Inc. manufactures exterior rearview mirrors for the bus, firetruck, motorhome, and specialty vehicle markets.

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SPI Industries

SPI Industries

Quality Molded Products Inc. dba SPI Industries is a plastic injection molding manufacturer serving the freight securement industry and a multitude of industrial and consumer markets.

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ProTec Panel & Truss Manufacturing LLC

ProTec Panel & Truss Manufacturing LLC

ProTec Panel & Truss Manufacturing LLC is a manufacturer of engineered wooden roof trusses, floor trusses and wall panels for residential, agricultural, multi-family and commercial projects.

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Polygon Company

Polygon Company

Polygon Company is a manufacturer of composite materials for various markets, including agriculture, construction, electrical, oil and gas, medical and other industrial industries.

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Pixels to Prototype LLC

Pixels to Prototype LLC

Pixels to Prototype LLC is an entrepreneurial manufacturing services firm that provides consultation, design and fabrication services to industrial clients related to machinery and process optimization.

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Photon Automation, Inc.

Photon Automation, Inc.

Photon Automation, Inc. provides engineering, development, manufacturing, and deployment of automated machines that incorporate state-of-the-art industrial laser technology.

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Petoskey Plastics Inc.

Petoskey Plastics Inc.

Petoskey Plastics Inc. is a manufacturer that produces polyethylene blown film products and repurposes recycled polyethylene resin into many of its products.

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Owen Valley Winery

Owen Valley Winery

Owen Valley Winery LLC is a small farm winery, vineyard and bistro.

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Oscar Winski Company Inc.

Oscar Winski Company Inc.

Oscar Winski Company Inc. is a fabricator of steel and aluminum-based components and assemblies, primarily serving commercial trailers and industrial equipment.

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Nextremity Solutions Inc.

Nextremity Solutions Inc.

Nextremity Solutions Inc. is a medical device manufacturer that focuses on musculoskeletal product development for the extremities market.

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MSP Aviation Inc.

MSP Aviation Inc.

MSP Aviation Inc. is a manufacturer of precision machined products for aviation, aerospace and defense industries.

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Loughmiller Machine, Tool & Design Inc.

Loughmiller Machine, Tool & Design Inc.

Loughmiller Machine, Tool & Design Inc. is a machine shop with capabilities in 5 axis vertical and horizontal CNC milling, lathe turning, waterjet, powder coating, painting and fabrication services.

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Lippert Components Inc.

Lippert Components Inc.

Lippert Components Inc. is an engineered products and custom solutions manufacturer and supplier for RV, marine, automotive, commercial vehicle, and building products industries.

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Kessington LLC

Kessington LLC

Kessington LLC is a manufacturer of complex metal parts for the commercial aerospace, military, defense and government sectors.

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Kem Krest, LLC

Kem Krest, LLC

Kem Krest, LLC is a certified Minority Owned Business, manufacturing and logistics firm that provides total program, management through Supply Chain, Aftersales, Chemical Packaging, and Fulfillment solutions – serving OEMs within the Automotive, Agricultural/Industrial, Powersports and Defense industries.

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Jasper Rubber Products Inc.

Jasper Rubber Products Inc.

Jasper Rubber Products Inc. is a manufacturer of rubber, plastic and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials, specializing in custom compounding and part production.

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J&R Tool Inc.

J&R Tool Inc. is a contract manufacturer specializing in build-to-print manufacturing for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps working through NSWC Crane and its subcontractors.

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J&B Products Inc.

J&B Products Inc.

J&B Products Inc. is a manufacturer of supplies for plumbing wholesale, manufactured housing, RV and other OEM markets, including its own JB Signature line of decorative items for kitchen and bath.

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inTech Trailers Inc.

inTech Trailers Inc.

inTech Trailers Inc. is an aluminum trailer manufacturer specializing in recreational vehicles (RV), custom built motorsports and industrial trailers.

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Holloway House Inc.

Holloway House Inc.

Holloway House Inc. is a manufacturer that produces a variety of consumer retail household cleaning products, most notably Quick Shine Floor Finish.

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Hard Truth Distilling Co., LLC

Hard Truth Distilling Co., LLC

Hard Truth Distilling Co., LLC is an Indiana craft distillery that produces and sells a variety of premium spirits, including a growing number of proprietary vodkas, rums, whiskies and bourbons.

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Top Stitch

Top Stitch

Green Valley Holdings, LLC dba Top Stitch is a manufacturer of textile-related products primarily for the RV industry.

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Glas-Col LLC

Glas-Col LLC

Glas-Col LLC is a manufacturer of industrial laboratory products including heating, mixing, evaporation and air purification systems.

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EckCo Plastics Inc.

EckCo Plastics Inc.

EckCo Plastics Inc. is a plastics manufacturer specializing in injection molding production and light assembly.

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Deister Machine Company

Deister Machine Company

Deister Machine Company is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of industrial scale, vibrating sizing equipment for the aggregate and mining industries.

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Dalton Corporation

Dalton Corporation

Dalton Corporation is a foundry and machining operation serving military, transportation, agriculture and other industrial applications.

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D&D Automation Inc.

D&D Automation Inc.

D&D Automation Inc. is a manufacturer that provides machining, fabrication and assembly automation systems, including design and build of automated work cells using robotics and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

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California Closets

California Closets

Closet Pro LLC, dba California Closets is a manufacturer of custom storage solutions serving IN, IL, KY, and OH from their Indianapolis manufacturing location.

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Carved LLC

Carved LLC

Carved LLC is a manufacturer of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wooden and epoxy resin phone cases, bracelets, wallets, qi wireless chargers and rings.

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Bedford Machine & Tool Inc.

Bedford Machine & Tool Inc.

Bedford Machine & Tool Inc. is a manufacturer of industrial machinery products, specializing in die cast tooling, large machining, CNC (computerized numerically controlled) production, automation equipment, engineering and more.

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American Technology Components Inc.

American Technology Components Inc.

American Technology Components Inc. designs and manufactures 12-volt and 24-volt lighting and plastic interior components serving many industries including heavy truck, marine, RV, transit and vans.

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Aluminum Insights LLC

Aluminum Insights LLC

Aluminum Insights LLC is a new extruded aluminum manufacturer building a 76,000-square-foot production facility in Elkhart County.

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Antique Candle Works Inc.

Antique Candle Works Inc.

Antique Candle Works Inc. is a candle manufacturer that produces soy wax candles and ships to customers across North America. The company is investing in a d

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Workhorse Group Inc. DBA Workhorse Motor Works Inc.

Workhorse Group Inc. DBA Workhorse Motor Works Inc.

Workhorse Group Inc. DBA Workhorse Motor Works Inc. is an original equipment manufacturer of all-electric last-mile delivery vehicles. Workhorse will apply the award to invest in robotic automation, machine vision and advanced sensor systems to improve its Union City manufacturing and quality control processes as part of the company’s vision to “pioneer the transition to zero emission commercial vehicles.”

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Walerko Tool and Engineering

Walerko Tool and Engineering

Walerko Tool and Engineering is a manufacturer of precision piece parts, tools, fixtures, and special machines for the heavy off-road, military, marine, aerospace and machine tool industries.

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Vista Plastics LLC

Vista Plastics LLC

Vista Plastics LLC is a plastics extrusion manufacturer and is investing in smart equipment to automate various steps in its extrusion production line for cutting more precise lengths.

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Uniseal Inc.

Uniseal Inc.

Uniseal Inc. is manufacturer of sealants and adhesives for the automotive sector.

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Talon LLC

Talon LLC

Talon LLC is a manufacturer of fabricated metal products and is investing in a robotic welding system, including an automated feeder, air cooled torch, welding robot and positioner.

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Stoutco Inc.

Stoutco Inc.

Stoutco Inc. is a steel fabricator that crafts hot and cold rolled steel as well as stainless, aluminized and aluminum and provides an array of blanking capability including lasers, turret punches and shears.

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Steel Warehouse Company LLC

Steel Warehouse Company LLC

Steel Warehouse Company LLC is a family-owned premier steel processor and service center with distribution, shipping and processing capabilities for slit coil, sheet, plate and cold-rolled steel products

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Stalcop Metal Forming LLC

Stalcop Metal Forming LLC

Stalcop Metal Forming LLC produces customer-designed specialty cold formed parts and precision machined components and sub-assemblies.

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Skinny Guy Campers

Skinny Guy Campers

Skinny Guy Campers is a manufacturing startup that makes self-contained, truckbed campers with heat, light, water and power that fit most North American pick-up trucks.

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Rochester Iron & Metal Inc.

Rochester Iron & Metal Inc.

Rochester Iron & Metal Inc. is recycler and reseller of scrap metal.

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Riverside Mfg LLC

Riverside Mfg LLC

Riverside Mfg LLC is a manufacturer specializing in harsh environment electronics.

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Prime Cut 41

Prime Cut 41

Prime Cut 41 is a family-owned, farm-to-table business that raises livestock on local farms.

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Precise Tooling Solutions

Precise Tooling Solutions

Precise Tooling Solutions is a specialty tool manufacturer that builds plastic injection molds, services molds and produces ergonomic machine bases and workstations for manufacturing.

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Polaris Laboratories LLC

Polaris Laboratories LLC

Polaris Laboratories LLC is a laboratory services company that provides the manufacturing industry with testing and analysis of oils, coolants, grease and fuels to improve equipment reliability.

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Pivot Manufacturing Inc.

Pivot Manufacturing Inc.

Pivot Manufacturing Inc. is a startup manufacturing company that provides design and technical consulting in the medical and automotive sectors.

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Paragon Medical Inc.

Paragon Medical Inc.

Paragon Medical Inc. is a contract medical device manufacturer that produces a full range of components for the global orthopedic and life sciences market, including bone screws, plates, orthopedic implants, endoscopic devices, sterilization trays and more.

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Ottenweller Company Inc.

Ottenweller Company Inc.

Ottenweller Company Inc. is a is a family-owned producer of quality metal fabricated products serving the construction, forestry, defense, medical and material handling industries.

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Peak Toolworks

Peak Toolworks

NGT Acquisition Intermediate Corporation dba Peak Toolworks is a cutting tool manufacturer for tools and blades that cut through steel, chrome, copper and plastic, including its own patented tool designs.

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Hoosier Tank and Manufacturing LLC

Hoosier Tank and Manufacturing LLC

Modineer Investment LLC dba Hoosier Tank and Manufacturing LLC is a made-to-order manufacturer of steel air reservoirs for the heavy-duty truck and trailer industries.

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Miller's Wood Specialties Inc.

Miller’s Wood Specialties Inc.

Miller’s Wood Specialties Inc. manufactures and recycles wood packaging products, including pallets, crates and custom boxes.

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Michiana Global Mold LLC

Michiana Global Mold LLC

Michiana Global Mold LLC is is a precision mold builder for plastics and rubber injection molding. The company is investing in automated equipment to increase efficiencies and allow for more unmanned production.

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Marson International LLC

Marson International LLC

Marson International LLC is a tube fabricator, specializing in large and small diameter tubes for diverse customers in gas and diesel chassis, RV, power generation, mass transit, construction machines and more.

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Major Tool & Die Inc.

Major Tool & Die Inc.

Major Tool & Die Inc. is a contract manufacturer specializing in large CNC milling and turning machining, manual and robotic welding, engineering, program management, inspection, and assembly services for aerospace and defense, power generation, energy, semiconductor and oil and gas industries.

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Mack Tool and Engineering

Mack Tool and Engineering

Mack Tool and Engineering is a precision machine shop that supplies machined parts and assemblies to the aerospace, medical and other industries.

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LOD LLC

LOD LLC

LOD LLC is a metal fabricator producing proprietary after-market parts for automotive and off-road vehicles, specializing in heavy duty and metal bumper assemblies, and also serves as a contract manufacturer.

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Laidig Systems Inc.

Laidig Systems Inc.

Laidig Systems Inc. is a manufacturer of bulk material storage and reclaim systems for industries such as food processing, meals, pulp and paper, wood pelleting, biomass, biofuels and ethanol.

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ITAMCO Co.

ITAMCO Co.

ITAMCO Co. is a gearing and precision machining manufacturer for heavy-duty industries, including mining, off-highway vehicles, marine, wastewater, construction and aviation.

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Inotiv Inc.

Inotiv Inc.

Inotiv Inc. is a contract research organization specializing in nonclinical and analytical drug discovery and development services.

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Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. (IMMI®)

Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. (IMMI®)

IMMI® is headquartered in Westfield, Indiana and operates seven additional global facilities.

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Indiana Furniture Industries Inc.

Indiana Furniture Industries Inc.

Indiana Furniture Industries Inc. is a furniture manufacturer of products for the office environment, such as private office settings, open office settings and conference rooms.

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Griner Engineering Inc.

Griner Engineering Inc.

Griner Engineering Inc. is a machine shop supplying precision-machined components and services to various industries.

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Green Sign Co. Inc

Green Sign Co. Inc

Green Sign Co. Inc is a custom signage manufacturer specializing in permitting, design, engineering, digital signs, manufacturing, graphics/branding and installation.

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EHOB Inc.

EHOB Inc.

EHOB Inc. is a manufacturer of pressure injury prevention products for hospitals.

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Economy Signs

Economy Signs

Economy Signs is a full-service commercial sign shop that fabricates and installs signage for individuals, businesses and churches.

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Dorel Juvenile Group Inc.

Dorel Juvenile Group Inc.

Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. is a manufacturer of child safety products, primarily child restraint systems.

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Diamond K Sweets & More LLC

Diamond K Sweets & More LLC

Antique Candle Works Inc. is a candle manufacturer that produces soy wax candles and ships to customers across North America.

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Dewig Bros. Packing Co. Inc.

Dewig Bros. Packing Co. Inc.

Dewig Bros. Packing Co. Inc. is a manufacturer of proprietary branded meat products such as cured and smoked bacon, hams, and pork loins and sausages such as Bratwurst, German Bologna, and snack sticks.

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Batesville Tool & Die Inc.

Batesville Tool & Die Inc.

Batesville Tool & Die Inc. is a global supplier of precision metal stamping components for the automotive, appliance and other industries.

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Wilco Distributing

Wilco Distributing

Apex Commercial Building Products Inc. dba Wilco Distributing is a manufacturer of construction products specializing in interior and exterior commercial and residential doors and hardware for the hospitality, multifamily, and design and build industries.

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Lanthier Winery LLC

Lanthier Winery LLC

Lanthier Winery LLC is a manufacturer and distributor of wine and spirits that distills vodka and gin from wine.

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Wood-Mizer LLC

Wood-Mizer LLC

Wood-Mizer LLC, a manufacturer of equipment and consumables for the timber and woodworking industry, is investing in several cobots to automate repetitive welding and fabrication tasks.

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WishBone Medical Inc.

WishBone Medical Inc.

WishBone Medical Inc. is a manufacturer of proprietary pediatric orthopedic products equipping surgeons with innovative, anatomically appropriate implants and instruments in single-use, sterile packed procedure kits.

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Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc.

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc.

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a sheet metal fabricator, is investing in advanced equipment and an automated inventory software system to meet increased demand and expand its existing customer base.

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Westfield Steel Inc.

Westfield Steel Inc.

Westfield Steel Inc. is a steel supplier, manufacturer and fabricator of machined parts serving numerous sectors.

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Vestil Manufacturing

Vestil Manufacturing

Vestil Manufacturing is a family-owned manufacturer of material handling equipment.

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Trim A Door Corporation

Trim A Door Corporation

Trim A Door Corporation is a manufacturer of pre-hung doors and custom millwork and a distributor of door hardware and stair systems.

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Triangle Rubber and Plastics LLC

Triangle Rubber and Plastics LLC

Triangle Rubber and Plastics LLC is a custom molder of rubber and plastics serving the automotive, appliance, agriculture, public health and water industries. The company is investing in an upgraded electronic production management

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Tipton Mills Foods

Tipton Mills Foods

Tipton Mills Foods, a manufacturer of powdered functional beverages, is purchasing and installing a vertical form fill sealer (VFFS) to automate the fill and seal process of its gusset pouches with powder.

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TASUS Corporation

TASUS Corporation

converted adhesives and traded products for the automotive and transportation markets.

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Steiner Enterprises Inc.

Steiner Enterprises Inc.

builds electromechanical products such as power supplies, wireless sensors, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and Bluetooth devices and controllers for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.

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SHIELDS

SHIELDS

SHIELDS is a plastic parts manufacturer and post-coater offering a line of windscreens, windows, shields and canopies for heavy machinery, racecars and boats.

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Robert Weed Corporation

Robert Weed Corporation

Robert Weed Corporation is a manufacturer and distributer of wood products, moldings and laminated products as well as supply chain solutions for multiple industries including boats, furniture, kitchen and bath cabinets, RVs and walk-in trucks.

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Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc.

Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc.

Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc. is a medical device contract manufacturer that excels at injection molding for various medical products including biopsy needles, single-use sterile procedure kits and orthopedic implants and instruments.

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Prodigy Mold & Tool Inc.

Prodigy Mold & Tool Inc.

Prodigy Mold & Tool Inc., a manufacturer of plastic injection molds and tooling for medical, automotive, electronics and consumer goods, is investing in an advanced machining platform with an integrated robotic transfer system to improve its production capabilities.

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Poseidon Barge Ltd.

Poseidon Barge Ltd.

Poseidon Barge Ltd. is a manufacturer of portable sectional barges used in bridge and marine construction, dredging and other projects where it is necessary to float heavy construction equipment, materials or people.

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Pinson Manufacturing Company LLC

Pinson Manufacturing Company LLC

Pinson Manufacturing Company LLC is a machine shop offering general CNC machining, welding and fabrication.

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PCA Technologies LLC

PCA Technologies LLC

PCA Technologies LLC is a manufacturer of custom controls and automation panels for robot cells and other related items.

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Northbend Pattern Works LLC

Northbend Pattern Works LLC

Northbend Pattern Works LLC is a tool manufacturer for iron foundries specializing in high-volume automotive parts. The company is investing in automated equipment with 3D scanning hardware and software.

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Micropulse Inc.

Micropulse Inc.

Micropulse Inc., a contract manufacturer of orthopedic instruments, implants and cases and trays, is developing its own digital system to record and maintain product inspection data to improve its manufacturing processes.

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Metal Forming Industries

Metal Forming Industries

Metal Forming Industries is a manufacturer that performs custom, cold-forming and precision machining of custom-designed industrial components.

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Med-Mizer

Med-Mizer

Med-Mizer is a manufacturer of medical devices including beds, exam tables and tilt-in-space wheelchairs.

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L.O.F. Inc.

L.O.F. Inc.

L.O.F. Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of replacement automotive, industrial and medical products for various brands.

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Lively Machine Company Inc.

Lively Machine Company Inc.

Lively Machine Company Inc. is a full-service CNC machining and fabrication facility.

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Lear Machining & Waterjet Inc.

Lear Machining & Waterjet Inc.

Lear Machining & Waterjet Inc. is a custom manufacturer of waterjet cut and machined parts and assemblies.

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Johnson Plastics & Supply Co. Inc.

Johnson Plastics & Supply Co. Inc.

Johnson Plastics & Supply Co. Inc. is a manufacturer focused on the fabrication of large format plastic products using CNC machining and vacuum forming.

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IMH Fabrication Inc.

IMH Fabrication Inc.

IMH Fabrication Inc. is a contract manufacturer of metal components for various industries.

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Genesis Molding Inc.

Genesis Molding Inc.

Genesis Molding Inc. is an injection molding manufacturer serving the appliance, automotive, recreational vehicle (RV), electrical and industrial market.

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General Stamping & Metalworks

General Stamping & Metalworks

General Stamping & Metalworks is a manufacturer of stamped and fabricated metal parts for the renewable energy, lawn and garden, agricultural equipment and recreational vehicle industries.

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Fred Smith Store Fixtures Inc.

Fred Smith Store Fixtures Inc.

Fred Smith Store Fixtures Inc. is a supplier of high-quality laminated products (high-pressure laminate and thermally fused laminate) for the office furniture, hotel/motel, hospitality and health care industries.

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Frazier Aviation LLC

Frazier Aviation LLC

Frazier Aviation LLC is a parts fabricator and assembler for small aircraft, including the F1 Rocket and F4 Raider.

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First Gear Inc.

First Gear Inc.

First Gear Inc. is a gear manufacturer that originally produced precision gears for IndyCar engine manufacturers but now serves industries including aerospace, medical, industrial, defense, robotics, motion, automotive and food preparation.

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FabACab

FabACab

FabACab is a designer and manufacturer of elevator interiors.

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Essentra Packaging U.S. Inc.

Essentra Packaging U.S. Inc.

Essentra Packaging U.S. Inc. is a manufacturer of packaging solutions, such as folding cartons and labels, primarily for pharma and cosmetics industries.

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DOT America

DOT America

DOT America is a medical technology company that provides specialty services to medical and dental industries in the form of surface preparations and coatings, including physical vapor deposition. 

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Decatur Mold, Tool and Engineering Inc.

Decatur Mold, Tool and Engineering Inc.

Decatur Mold, Tool and Engineering Inc. is headquartered in Indianapolis and founded in 1999, provides rapid product design & development.

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Custom Cast Stone Inc.

Custom Cast Stone Inc.

Custom Cast Stone Inc. is a manufacturer of architectural cast stone for masonry veneer in commercial and residential structures.

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Creative Works Inc.

Creative Works Inc.

Creative Works Inc. designs, fabricates and installs immersive amusement experiences such as escape rooms, virtual reality and esports venues and indoor miniature golf courses.

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CART Operations LLC

CART Operations LLC

CART Operations LLC is a 1-year-old manufacturer and producer of epoxy-coated materials.

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Buchan Sawmill Inc.

Buchan Sawmill Inc.

Buchan Sawmill Inc. is a hardwood lumber manufacturer specializing in walnut, oak, hickory, ash and maple from Indiana sources.

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Aegis Sales & Engineering

Aegis Sales & Engineering

Aegis Sales & Engineering is a precision computer numerical controlled machining (CNC) operation.

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A&A Custom Automation Inc.

A&A Custom Automation Inc.

A&A Custom Automation Inc., a designer and machine builder of custom automation systems for manufacturers.

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80/20 Inc. 

80/20 Inc. 

80/20 Inc. is an originator and manufacturer of the modular T-slot aluminum building system for essentially every industry or application.

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Wolf Corporation

Wolf Corporation

Wolf Corporation was established in 1873, is the oldest mattress manufacturer in the U.S. under continuous family ownership.

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Whitcraft Enterprises Inc.

Whitcraft Enterprises Inc.

Whitcraft Enterprises Inc., a 101-year-old manufacturer of precision machined parts, is investing in a gantry-style automated dual lathe to eliminate the manual loading of materials.

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Stair Supplies (Iron Baluster Inc.)

Stair Supplies (Iron Baluster Inc.)

Viewrail / Stair Supplies (Iron Baluster Inc.) manufactures premium stair parts for homeowners, builders and contractors.

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Universal Technologies LLC

Universal Technologies LLC

Universal Technologies LLC  founded in 2007 and based in Jasper, offers a variety of solutions for the architecture and design community focusing on resins, glass, metal, lighting and other specialized products.

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Tube Forming Systems Inc.

Tube Forming Systems Inc.

Tube Forming Systems was established in 1968, is a tooling and equipment supplier to the formed tube industry.

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Triton Metal Products Inc.

Triton Metal Products Inc.

Triton Metal Products Inc., a precision metal manufacturer and supplier of OEM parts for various industries.

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Trinity Guardion LLC

Trinity Guardion LLC

Trinity Guardion LLC  based in Batesville and founded in 2010, manufactures a launderable micro-barrier for hospital mattresses.

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Tri-Pac Inc

Tri-Pac Inc

Tri-Pac Inc. based in South Bend, provides contract development and manufacturing services for aerosol, liquid, tubes and specialty-packaged products.

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TouchTronics Inc.

TouchTronics Inc.

TouchTronics Inc. is a custom electronics manufacturer, including proprietary remote controls and custom controllers for the RV, commercial trucking, marine and public safety industries.

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Thompson Machining Services Inc.

Thompson Machining Services Inc.

Thompson Machining Services Inc.is a 25-year-old machine shop with engineering and design capabilities specializing in producing progressive stamping dies, primarily for the medical and automotive industries.

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Telamon Corporation

Telamon Corporation

Telamon Corporation a minority-owned company based in Carmel since 1985, primarily designs, builds and installs telecommunication networks enabling connectivity.

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Tech Castings LLC

Tech Castings LLC

Tech Castings LLC is a leading supplier of vacuum and air melt superalloy investment castings and pressurized ceramic core leaching services to aerospace companies.

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TBK America Corp.

TBK America Corp.

TBK America Corporation a Japan-based international company with a manufacturing facility in Richmond, manufactures and markets water pumps and oil pumps.

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Super ATV

Super ATV

Super ATV, a family-owned and rapidly growing manufacturer of aftermarket utility task and all-terrain vehicle parts and accessories.

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Standard Integrated Solutions Inc.

Standard Integrated Solutions Inc.

Standard Integrated Solutions Inc. based in Winamac and founded in 2004, offers a full line of industrial equipment, supplies, services and products essential to the industrial environment.

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Spencer Industries Incorporated

Spencer Industries Incorporated

Spencer Industries Incorporated founded in 1981 and headquartered in Dale, is a vertically integrated, plastic theremoformer with in-house extrusion, serving several markets including medical, agricultural, transportation and industrial.

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South Bend Ethanol

South Bend Ethanol

South Bend Ethanol, an ethanol producer that uses 95% local corn.

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SoChatti

SoChatti

SoChatti founded in Indianapolis in 2013, manufactures specialty chocolate, food appliances and industrial food technology with a focus on flavor preservation in shelf stable foods.

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Sequel Wire and Cable LLC

Sequel Wire and Cable LLC

Sequel Wire and Cable LLC is a startup company and manufacturer of copper fabricated and insulated wire and cable products for use in a variety of markets including OEM, wire and cable distribution, appliance, automotive and RVs.

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Semiconductor Test Supply LLC

Semiconductor Test Supply LLC

Semiconductor Test Supply LLC founded in 2010 and based in Martinsville, designs, assembles and tests electronic printed circuit boards for aerospace, defense, medical and industrial applications.

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Rochester Metal Products Corp.

Rochester Metal Products Corp.

Rochester Metal Products Corp., a manufacturer of quality gray and ductile iron castings, is investing in a cobot to automate part of its production process.

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Reliable Tool & Machine Company

Reliable Tool & Machine Company

Reliable Tool & Machine Company, a machining, welding and assembly manufacturer for construction, agricultural, recreational vehicle.

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Red Gold Inc.

Red Gold Inc.

Red Gold Inc. headquartered in Elwood, is a national brand tomato processor making ketchup, sauces, paste, juice and canned tomatoes under its brand and private label.

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Recovery Force Health LLC

Recovery Force Health LLC

Recovery Force Health LLC based in Fishers and founded in 2013, is a digital health company focused on SaaS solutions through wearable medical technology.

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QuikCut

QuikCut

QuikCut, an advanced metal fabricator offering fabrication, machining, welding and finishing for small parts and large structures.

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Procoat Products

Procoat Products

Procoat Products, a custom electrocoating and flocking provider that services the automotive industry including Cummins, Ford, General Motors, Lexus, Mercedes Benz and Toyota.

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Primex Design and Fabrication

Primex Design and Fabrication

Primex Design and Fabrication based in Richmond, manufactures packaging, handling and shipping products made from plastic materials.

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Premium Rock LLC

Premium Rock LLC

Premium Rock LLC based in Elkhart, produces lightweight, highly durable, fire-resistant, waterproof and UV-resistant engineered stone panels.

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Poolguard

Poolguard

Poolguard founded in 1982 and based in North Vernon, manufactures swimming pool safety devices.

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Poly Electronics LLC

Poly Electronics LLC

Poly Electronics LLC, a manufacturer of custom electronics and proprietary products for various industries.

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Pike Lumber Company Inc.

Pike Lumber Company Inc.

Pike Lumber Company is located in Akron and founded in 1904, is a primary manufacturer of kiln dried hardwood lumber.

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Perfecto Tool and Engineering Co. Inc.

Perfecto Tool and Engineering Co. Inc.

Perfecto Tool and Engineering Co. Inc.  founded in Anderson in 1955, builds custom machinery and parts, and manufactures build-to-print customer designs.

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PDQ Workholding LLC

PDQ Workholding LLC

PDQ Workholding LLCis a tool shop specializing in hydraulically actuated machining center fixtures and custom cutting tools for large OEMs in automotive, equipment and aerospace industries.

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PBTT Corporation

PBTT Corporation

PBTT is based in Newburgh, and they are a high-tech manufacturer specializing in the development and commercialization of disruptive technology to produce components and assemblies primarily in the defense, aerospace and energy industries.

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Overton & Sons Tool & Die Co. Inc.

Overton & Sons Tool & Die Co. Inc.

Overton and Sons Tool & Die Company was founded in Mooresville in 1968, manufactures metalworking machinery, offering design, engineering and inspection services in the transportation, energy, construction, defense and aerospace industries.

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Ossian Smoked Meats Corp.

Ossian Smoked Meats Corp.

Ossian Smoked Meats Corp., a 74-year-old preparer of meat products with seasoning, smoking and packaging for resale.

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Omega Enterprises

Omega Enterprises

Omega Enterprises, a family-owned and operated glass mold manufacturer.

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Nutrition 101 Inc.

Nutrition 101 Inc.

Nutrition 101 Inc. was founded in 1987 and based in Pendleton, recycles food waste and produces livestock feed, biofuels and recyclable commodities.

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Nix Companies

Nix Companies

Nix Companies a fifth-generation, family-owned business founded in 1902, is a diversified metal fabricator and specialty contractor.

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NASCO Industries Inc.

NASCO Industries Inc.

NASCO Industries, Inc. was founded in 1979 and based in Washington, manufactures protective outerwear for a variety of industries.

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Myers Spring Co. Inc.

Myers Spring Co. Inc.

Myers Spring Company Inc. was founded in 1946 and based in Logansport, manufactures products made from wire, primarily compression springs, torsion spring and wire forms.

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Mursix Corporation

Mursix Corporation

Mursix Corporation specializes in stamping and component manufacturing, serves a wide range of customers whose applications range from hospital beds to automotive safety to hybrid electric vehicles.

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Moore Metal Works & A/C LLC

Moore Metal Works & A/C LLC

Moore Metal Works & A/C LLC is a custom metal fabrication shop established in 1998 in Evansville.

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Mid-West Metal Products Co. Ind.

Mid-West Metal Products Co. Ind.

Mid-West Metal Products Co. Inc. is based in Muncie for more than 90 years, produces wire-formed and fabricated, sheet metal fabricated and tubular metal products for customers worldwide.

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Micro Etch Technologies LLC

Micro Etch Technologies LLC

Micro Etch Technologies LLC  manufactures small, thin gauge metal components for electronics, medical, aerospace and other industries.

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Meyer Plastics Inc.

Meyer Plastics Inc.

Meyer Plastics Inc. a family-owned business based in Indianapolis for more than 65 years, distributes industrial plastics including plastic sheet, rod and tube, engineering performance plastics and more.

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Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc.

Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc.

Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1975, is a custom plastic injection molding and tooling company based in Noblesville.

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Marion Manufacturing

Marion Manufacturing

Marion Manufacturing based in Terre Haute since 1996, offers turnkey manufacturing of precision machined components.

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Mach Medical

Mach Medical

Mach Medical, an orthopedic implant manufacturer that supplies OEMs and specializes in high-velocity, single-piece flow manufacturing.

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Lucas Oil Products Inc.

Lucas Oil Products Inc.

Lucas Oil Products Inc. manufactures premium lubricants and additives for its customers, meeting stringent quality, performance and delivery requirements.

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Liberty Trailers

Liberty Trailers

Liberty Trailersdesigns and manufactures commercial-grade trailers suitable for homeowners and businesses such as car and equipment haulers and dump, utility, tilt, flatbed and pipe trailers.

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Konrady Plastics

Konrady Plastics

Konrady Plastics manufactures and distributes machined plastic parts, including plastic sheet, rod and tube.

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Kirby Risk Corp.

Kirby Risk Corp.

Kirby Risk Corporation is located in Lafayette and founded in 1926, is a wholesale distributor of electrical supplies and automation products.

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Kimura Foundry America

Kimura Foundry America

Kimura Foundry America is a Japan-based metal foundry with operations in Shelbyville.

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Kammerer Dynamics Inc.

Kammerer Dynamics Inc.

Kammerer Dynamics Inc.is a fourth-generation, family-owned metal fabricator specializing in repetitive original equipment manufacturer.

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Jomar Machining & Fabricating

Jomar Machining & Fabricating

Jomar Machining & Fabricating was founded in 1991 in Middlebury, specializes in large machining and fabrication projects and is investing in a robotic welding system.

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Jeco Plastic Products LLC

Jeco Plastic Products LLC

Jeco Plastic Products LLC was established in 1973 in Plainfield, specializes in rotational molding and twin sheet pressure forming to produce logistics products for the printing, pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

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Jasper Engines and Transmission

Jasper Engines and Transmission

Jasper Engines and Transmissions headquartered in Jasper since 1942, is a re-manufacturer and distributor of automotive drive train components.

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Italpollina USA Inc.

Italpollina USA Inc.

Italpollina USA Inc. was founded in Italy with a new U.S. manufacturing facility in Anderson, produces biostimulants for sustainable modern agriculture.

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Indiana Furniture

Indiana Furniture

Indiana Furniture has been headquartered in Jasper for more than 100 years, is a contract furniture manufacturer providing customers with desk, chair and other office furnishings.

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Impact CNC

Impact CNC

Impact CNC is a contract computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturer for industrial, material handling, construction and agricultural industries.

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Hubner Industries LLC

Hubner Industries LLC

Hubner Industries LLC conditions and packages seed corn and seed soybeans, and provides warehousing and distribution services.

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Holic Foods

Holic Foods

Holic Foods, a manufacturer of globally inspired, bold-flavor sauces, dips and condiments, is modernizing and expanding automated production in its liquid filling space.

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Hightech Signs

Hightech Signs

Hightech Signs was founded in 1988 and headquartered in Fort Wayne, has temporarily pivoted from providing large format print and graphics to manufacturing fabric masks to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

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Helmer Scientific LLC

Helmer Scientific LLC

Helmer Scientific LLC is based in Noblesville, designs, integrates, manufactures, markets and distributes specialized medical and laboratory equipment to clinical and life science customers in more than 125 countries.

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Gracie Industries LLC

Gracie Industries LLC

Gracie Industries LLCis a contract manufacturer and painting and coating business that builds custom sleepers for over-the-road trucks, RVs and components, crew cab conversions and other truck modifications.

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Global Plastics Inc.

Global Plastics Inc.

Global Plastics Inc. is headquartered in Indianapolis and founded in 1992, provides plastic injection molding of automotive, industrial, medical, packaging and commercial parts.

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Georg Utz Inc

Georg Utz Inc

Georg Utz Inc. is headquartered in Switzerland with a production facility in Edinburgh since 2009, develops and produces reusable plastic transport devices for automated and manual systems across various industries.

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Fox Products

Fox Products

Fox Products, a family-owned manufacturer of double-reed woodwind musical instruments.

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FosTecH Inc.

FosTecH Inc.

FosTecH Inc. manufactures firearm products for retail, law enforcement, and military customers worldwide.

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Fort Wayne Metals

Fort Wayne Metals

Fort Wayne Metals is a manufacturer of precision wire-based materials used in medical devices and other critical applications.

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Fatheadz Inc.

Fatheadz Inc.

Fatheadz Inc., a manufacturer of sun and optical frames.

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eti Controls Inc.

eti Controls Inc.

eti Controls Inc. which was founded in 2019 as part of the ETI Network, manufactures electronic controllers and sensors for various applications including heat tracing that monitors temperature, humidity and pressurization.

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Entech Inc.

Entech Inc.

Entech Inc. is based in Middlebury since 1995, specializes in producing all sizes of micronized rubber powder (MRP) and crumb rubber.

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Eckhart & Co. Inc

Eckhart & Co. Inc

Eckhart & Company Inc. is a 100+-year-old company in Indianapolis, specializing in full service bookbinding and finishing services.

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EarthWay Products

EarthWay Products

EarthWay Products family owned in Bristol since 1955, manufactures lawn and garden equipment for turf scientists, landscape professionals and homeowners.

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Earl Solutions LLC

Earl Solutions LLC

EARL Solutions LLC recently spun out from a Carmel-based distillery in order to manufacture hand sanitizer to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

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DQE Inc.

DQE Inc.

DQE Inc. provides safety and emergency preparedness products and expert support that improves the safety and readiness of the response and health care community.

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Diver's Supply Co. Inc dba Ikelite Underwater Systems

Diver’s Supply Co. Inc dba Ikelite Underwater Systems

Diver’s Supply Co. Inc dba Ikelite Underwater Systems, an innovative, family-owned manufacturer in the niche market of advanced underwater photographic equipment.

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DeKALB Molded Plastics

DeKALB Molded Plastics

DeKALB Molded Plastics based in Butler for more than 40 years, is a custom structural foam molder specializing in large, multi-nozzle plastic products servicing the medical, safety, transportation and material handling industries.

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Decatur Plastic Products LLC

Decatur Plastic Products LLC

Decatur Plastic Products LLC is based in North Vernon, provides high quality injection molding, flocking, assembly and finishing services along with expert engineering assistance and material recommendations.

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D.A.S. Services Inc.

D.A.S. Services Inc.

D.A.S. Services Inc. was established in 1992, began as a small, portable, welding repair operation and has since grown into a quality, hydraulic and pneumatic custom job shop, specializing in cylinders and presses.

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Custom Cut Decor, LLC

Custom Cut Decor, LLC

Custom Cut Decor, LLC was award), founded in 2014, manufactures direct-to-consumer, niche home decor products.

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Culver Tool and Engineering Inc.

Culver Tool and Engineering Inc.

Culver Tool and Engineering Inc. (CTE Solutions) founded in 1950 and located in Plymouth, manufactures orthopedic implants and instruments for spinal surgeries.

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Contract Industrial Tooling Inc.

Contract Industrial Tooling Inc.

Contract Industrial Tooling Inc. which was founded in Ohio in 1987 and moved to Richmond in 1992, manufactures OEM cab enclosures, lift gates, custom steel shipping racks and containers, rapid response hospital beds, medical therapy tables and aerospace support equipment.

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Circle City Sonorans, LLC

Circle City Sonorans, LLC

Circle an Indianapolis-based beverage manufacturer of its own brands as well as a contract manufacturer for large and emerging brands.

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Cimtech Inc.

Cimtech Inc.

Cimtech Inc., a manufacturer to manufacturers, specializing in precision machined parts, fabrication, welding, tube bending and assembly for all types of industries.

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CHaSE Manufacturing LLC

CHaSE Manufacturing LLC

CHaSE Manufacturing LLCis a manufacturer of decorative interior products such as cabinet doors, trim and moldings and doors for recreational vehicle.

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Catalyst Product Development Inc.

Catalyst Product Development Inc.

Catalyst Product Development Inc. is headquartered in Indianapolis and founded in 1999, provides rapid product design & development.

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C&R Advanced Cooling Technology

C&R Advanced Cooling Technology

C&R Advanced Cooling Technology was founded in 1988, manufactures advanced cooling solutions including aluminum radiators, oil coolers, intercoolers, supercharger heat exchangers, bare cores and cold plates.

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Bruce Fox Inc.

Bruce Fox Inc.

Bruce Fox Inc.has been in business for over 80 years producing high-quality accolades and recognition products for Fortune 500 companies.

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Brownstown Quality Tool & Automation

Brownstown Quality Tool & Automation

Brownstown Quality Tool & Automationis a tooling job shop that supports manufacturing companies by producing small dies, jigs, gauges and specialty automated equipment.

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Brake Supply Company

Brake Supply Company

Brake Supply Company is a 74-year-old company operating one of the largest heavy equipment remanufacturing centers in the world.

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Beverly Industrial Service Inc.

Beverly Industrial Service Inc.

Beverly Industrial Service Inc. was founded by Howard and Beverly Snyder in 1980, specializes in tool making, machining and engineering in the metal-working field, a continued family tradition since 1891.

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Bed Techs Inc.

Bed Techs Inc.

Bed Techs Inc., established in 2000, produces used, refurbished and reconditioned Hill-Rom® hospital beds, stretchers, medical equipment and replacement bed parts.

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Batesville Products Inc.

Batesville Products Inc.

Batesville Products Inc.  manufactures machined and finished aluminum and zinc alloy castings in Lawrenceburg.

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Barber Manufacturing Co. Inc

Barber Manufacturing Co. Inc

Barber Manufacturing Company Inc. was founded in 1894 and located in Anderson, manufactures springs for the upholstered furniture and bedding industries.

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Arroyo Industries LLC dba Direct Path Alliance

Arroyo Industries LLC dba Direct Path Alliance

Arroyo Industries LLC dba Direct Path Alliance, founded in 2004, is a Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise certified company that offers aerospace and medical manufacturing, and consulting services such as project management and process improvement.

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Armor Plastics LLC

Armor Plastics LLC

Armor Plastics LLC is a manufacturer of products for integrated circuit manufacturers, touch panel producers, ITO coaters, transit authorities, display manufacturers, and flexible and printed electronics companies.

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Arcamed LLC

Arcamed LLC

Arcamed LLC is a medical device contract manufacturer specializing in medical cases and trays and precision machined instruments and implants.

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Analytical Engineering Inc.

Analytical Engineering Inc.

Analytical Engineering Inc., a manufacturer of specialty equipment for engine, exhaust and vehicle development.

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American Quality Molds

American Quality Molds

American Quality Molds was purchased by Shrader Enterprises from the original owner and founder in 2018 and moved to Richmond earlier this year, manufactures aluminum mold bases and Rapid Insert Dies for plastic injection molding.

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Ameri-Can Engineering

Ameri-Can Engineering

Ameri-Can Engineering manufactures portable sanitation trailers in Argos.

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Amatrol

Amatrol

Amatrol , a company that designs, develops and manufactures technical training systems, is implementing an automated production system consisting of several advanced technologies.

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Aero Machine & Manufacturing LLC

Aero Machine & Manufacturing LLC

Aero Machine & Manufacturing LLC based in Valparaiso for nearly 20 years, is a complete service machine shop offering engineering, machining, fabrication and assembly services from inception to installation.

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Advanced Cabinet Systems

Advanced Cabinet Systems

Advanced Cabinet Systems, based in Marion, is a plastic and laminate furniture manufacturer serving the health care, educational, industrial and retail industries.

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Addman Engineering

Addman Engineering

Addman Engineering is an additive manufacturing shop at the cutting edge of metal additive for aerospace, defense and other industries.

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Past Recipient Case Studies

How have companies put their Manufacturing Readiness Grants to good use? Explore some of their stories.

Poolguard

When the pandemic hit, North Vernon-based Poolguard saw demand for the five different alarm pool safety products the company manufactured soar. With a $56,250 Manufacturing Readiness Grant, Poolguard transformed a tedious manual job into an automated process using surface-mount technology.

Standard Integrated Solutions

Standard Integrated Solutions was looking for a more efficient way to produce custom-designed parts through a process called air bending. After identifying a bottleneck in the metal and sheet metal manufacturing process, specifically in the press break process, Standard Integrated Solutions invested in its first cobot to take parts in and out of the CNC press breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Yes, a funding expansion for the program has been included in the 2022-2023 state budget at
$10 million per year beginning July 1, 2021. As long as the “Apply Here” button leads to an active form allowing an application to be completed, then the State of Indiana is continuing to fund select applications.

Must be a manufacturer planning to make capital investment in the form of smart manufacturing technologies within their Indiana operation. While there is no size limitation for applicants, small- and medium-sized manufacturers (<500 employees) are heavily favored. The degree to which an applicant is a manufacturer (manufacturing intensity) and relationship to Indiana are also significant considerations.

Projects should directly affect manufacturing processes and focus on investments in commercial-ready equipment through established vendors. The equipment should be beyond ‘advanced’ in nature, i.e. more technologically intensive and broadly innovative than mere upgrades via standard automation, increased capacity, tighter tolerances, improved fabrication techniques, or other incremental improvements that are common for the applicant’s sector. Strong applications offer a detailed description for how the applicant is undertaking an initiative that will be transformative beyond the status quo for themselves and competitors. The equipment should credibly leverage technologies such as industrial internet of things (IIoT), sensor technology, COBOTS, additive manufacturing (3D printing), big data and analytics, cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), digital twin, advanced modeling, blockchain, autonomous robotics or vehicles, augmented, virtual, or mixed reality, cloud computing, and advanced communications (5G, etc).

Applications must be submitted through this portal. Once submitted, the application will undergo a peer review process by a committee of volunteers. Each application will be reviewed by multiple committee members. These individual reviews are then aggregated together into a composite result to be discussed at the next regularly scheduled committee meeting. The outcome of committee discussion is a consensus for a funding recommendation offered to the IEDC. The IEDC takes the recommendation under advisement and performs further diligence before making a final funding decision. Conexus notifies the applicant once a decision is made.

There is no application deadline. Applications are processed in monthly cycles for as long as the program is funded by the State of Indiana. You should apply when you are ready and able to submit a strong, detailed, and compelling application. If you can complete a strong application prior to the end of the calendar month then do it. However, applications are rigorously reviewed, so it is much better to take the time necessary for a quality submission rather than rush a poor submission.

Yes, this page has a link to a sample application that is helpful for collecting and organizing information ahead of completing the formal application.

Applications progress through a consideration process in monthly steps with a few steps along the way. Applications received during a given calendar month enter peer review the following month. They are discussed in committee the month after that. And then the IEDC takes some time for final diligence and decision. A realistic expectation would be to hear results in 3-4 months.

Applications and their support materials are seen by Conexus staff, the IEDC, and the committee of volunteers who peer review the applications. The committee is comprised of a diverse, statewide, multi-sector and distinguished group of Conexus Smart Manufacturing Fellows. The fellows are subject matter experts on technology deployment within manufacturing environments. All are bound by confidentiality and comply with a policy for recusal in the event of conflict of interest.

The grant is intended to incentivize a project investment that would not otherwise happen but for the grant. The grant is not meant to be used for reimbursement of project expenditures incurred or committed prior to the date of application. The application should demonstrate how the project, either its scope or timeline, is significantly dependent upon or would be enabled/enhanced by the grant. Projects that can be immediately started and quickly executed pending an award are preferred.

Grant awards are structured as reimbursements. Upon receiving an award notification, the awardee enters into a simple incentive agreement. At that point, they are authorized to complete the project specified in their grant application. They use their own funds to complete the project and submit documentation (i.e. receipts or other proof of purchase) for reimbursement. Unless otherwise specified in an award notification, reimbursements are for half of the qualified submitted expenses and cannot exceed the award amount.

Grants can be any size up to a maximum of $200,000. They must be matched by the applicant on a minimum 1:1 basis. A project with a total budget of at least $400,000 would be required to secure a maximum $200,000 grant award. However, projects with a higher matching leverage, i.e. larger projects, are more favorable. Partial awards are also common. Several factors and criteria are considered in the application evaluation process and can affect the amount offered and/or matching percentage of a grant award. Very few projects receive $200,000.

If the projects relate to each other at all then it is advised that they be included in a single application. An application that demonstrates a breadth of innovation investment can be more compelling than one that is narrowly focused on a single project. And it is unlikely for more than one award to be granted to a single company.

The $200k maximum is per company. The intent is to make use of a limited pool of funds to assist as many manufacturers as possible with meaningful smart manufacturing initiatives. Additional awards (second applications) are possible so long as they support a new project not supported in an earlier award, the prior project is completed successfully, and the total of all awards must not exceed $200,000.

Advanced manufacturing in Indiana is diverse in many ways, and this has been reflected with a wide variety of project opportunities that have been funded already to date. Each project will be evaluated on its own unique merits and context as described by the applicant within their application submission, which is encouraged to be as detailed and descriptive as possible.

Consider a few key differences between “advanced” and “smart” manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing is often thought of as the use of innovative technologies to improve processes, usually through automation, PLCs, controls and IT/OT systems for increased capacity and product quality. Smart manufacturing goes further to integrate digital technologies, like Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and analytics, and AI and machine learning, into company-wide operations and manufacturing processes. Outcomes of smart manufacturing are often increased production and flexibility/agility, real-time visibility into equipment performance, and responsiveness to customer demand. Smart manufacturing also leverages data to a high degree (with technologies like advanced sensors, IoT connectivity, embedded software, etc.) for outcomes like predictive maintenance, self-optimization of process improvements and increased production efficiencies. The grant program favors Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing/Digital Plant projects. “Advanced” investments will be considered if they are innovative and transformative beyond the status quo to a degree appropriate for the applicant and proportional to the ask.

Hardware investments are generally easier for the MRG program to financially support as proof of purchase orders, etc. are easy to obtain for reimbursement purposes. Software can also be supported as long as there is evidence that it’s a true capital investment and is sufficiently smart manufacturing related. Keep in mind that great examples of smart manufacturing projects often include both software and hardware elements, and generally, the program prefers to support the hardware portion.

A grant award will be contingent upon an applicant entering into a “grant agreement” detailing full terms and conditions of the grant prior to any qualifying project expenditures occurring for which reimbursement will be sought. Some of the terms and conditions include:

  • Payment shall be made on a reimbursement basis upon submission of proof of expenditure;
  • Right of first refusal on purchased equipment so long as book value is above $5,000 using straight line 10-year depreciation;
  • Favored Nation Pricing & Terms for at least 3 years for products produced using equipment;
  • Indiana would have prioritized capacity for production off of equipment; and
  • Subsidized equipment through this program will be ineligible for the HBI Tax

Awardees will be expected to participate in a case study upon successful conclusion of any project that receives grant funds. Conexus Indiana developed which are coordinated with and approved by awardees. The case studies highlight the awardee’s project outcomes to share best practices while increasing broad understanding of technology use cases in manufacturing and spur greater adoption across the state’s manufacturing base. Only non-proprietary information will be shared in the case study.

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