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J.O. MORY, INC.

Bob Mory

Gene Mory

Custom design/build capabilities Your company can incorporate our services as your lead management team or strictly as support for your existing team, using our technology and knowledge to your best advantage. We offer: • In-house drafting and engineering • AutoCAD and DataCAD software • Component sizing and equipment selection software • A complete code library for current requirements and environmental standards • Strong vendor and supplier relationships

“J.O. Mory, Inc. is committed to the residential, commercial and industrial customer. We achieve this by delivering superior value and service through a qualified workforce, quality products, leading-edge technology and understanding the needs of our customer, for whom we continue to provide peace of mind through our pride and relentless drive for progressive improvement in both our products and services.” Since 1892, we have built more than commercial HVAC and custom equipment. We’ve developed a strong reputation for service and design, installation and maintenance of complete mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems. We are a recognized leader in electrical, heating, cooling and air purification, and our custom design/build machine fabrication is reaching global dimensions.

and economically. • Electrical system design and layout • Load calculations • Lighting design • Plant re-lighting systems • Alarm systems

Mechanical services The mechanical services division provides comprehensive installation and maintenance of all commercial and industrial mechanical systems: • Plumbing • Process piping for liquid and air-driven equipment • Heating and cooling systems • Air purification • Sheet metal manufacturing • Fire protection systems: wet and dry (foam and deluge sprinkler), fire pumps and accessories

Electrical services Trained specifically to design, install and maintain a variety of electrical systems and operations of every level and type, working with your staff to develop a customized network to handle your workload safely

Machine build & custom metal fabrication Our ISO 900:20081-registered sheet metal division offers 24,000 square feet of in-house fabrication and machine manufacturing, blending the latest technology with the highest-grade materials. Capabilities include light- to heavy-gauge sheet metal material capacity, and our design engineers will blueprint machinery to match any specifications. • Custom fabricating and welding • Large-quantity component fabrication • Conveyor systems • Systems integration


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Best Places to Work: Northeast Indiana

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102 N. Main Street, Kendallville, IN 46755 (260) 347-0400

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KPC NEWS SERVICE We took the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work in Indiana list and narrowed it down to recognize businesses with locations in Northeast Indiana (their ranking on the statewide list can be found in parenthesis). For the full list, visit bestplacestoworkin.com/.

Small employer (15-74 U.S. employees)

1. Big City Cars (Fort Wayne) (Indiana rank: 5) 2. Grote Automotive (Fort Wayne) (Indiana rank: 44) 3. VOSS Automotive (Fort Wayne) (Indiana rank: 45)

Medium employer (75-249 U.S. employees)

1. Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc. (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 23) 2. ESCO Communications (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 27) 3. Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc. (DBA The Rescue Mission) (Indiana rank: 29) 4. Envelop Group (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 30)

Large employer (250-999 U.S. employees)

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1. Sikich (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank:

4) 2. Hylant (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 5) 3. The Kendall Group (Angola, Auburn, Fort Wayne, Kendallville locations) (Indiana rank: 7) 4. Katz, Sapper & Miller (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 8) 5. WestPoint Financial Group (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 12) 6. Parkview Noble Hospital (Indiana rank: 16) 7. Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 17) 8. American Structurepoint, Inc. (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 18) 9. Bastion Solutions (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 19) 10. MutualBank (Fort Wayne branches) (Indiana rank: 21)

Major employer (1,000 or more U.S. employees)

1. Edward Jones (Auburn, Angola, Garrett, Fort Wayne, LaGrange, Ligonier, Kendallville, Shipshewana and Wolcottville offices) (Indiana rank: 1) 2. Aerotek (Fort Wayne office) (Indiana rank: 4) 3. Total Quality Logistics (Fort Wayne location) (Indiana rank: 7) 4. Comcast Corporation (Fort Wayne location) (Indiana rank: 11)

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Largest employers in Noble and DeKalb counties NOBLE COUNTY

Address

Number of employees

Industry

Ferrellgas

2985 N. U.S. 33, Kimmell

3,908

Gas-propane-refilling stations

LSC Communications

2500 Marion Drive, Kendallville

670

Printers (manufacturers)

Dexter Axle

500 S. 7th St., Albion

600

151 W. Ohio St., Kendallville

550

Kraft Foods Silgan Plastics LLC

910 Gerber St., Ligonier

Axels Food products

500

Plastic bottles (manufacterers)

DEKALB COUNTY

Address

Number of employees

Industry

Cooper-Standard

207 S. West St., Auburn; 725 W. 11th St., Auburn

950

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Walmart Distribution

1729 S.R. 8, Auburn 736

Steel Dynamics Flat 4500 C.R. 59, Roll Division Butler

Distrubution centers

700

Steel mills (manufacturers)

Therma-Tru Corp.

601 Re Jones Road, Butler

700

Doors

Carlex Glass of Indiana Inc.

1900 Center St., Auburn

550

Glass-auto plate and window

Iron Dynamics

4500 C.R. 59, Butler

500

Steel-structural (manufacturers)

Busche Enterprise Division Inc.

1563 E. S.R. 8, Albion

500

Numerical control machines (manufacterers)

Guardian Industries Corp.

860 W. U.S. 6, Ligonier

500

Glass-auto plate and window

DeKalb Hospital Home Care

1316 E. 7th St., Auburn

425

Home health services

TI Automotive

925 N. Main St., Ligonier

489

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Walmart Supercenter

505 Touring Drive, Auburn

400

Department stores

298

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Tower Automotive

801 W. 15th St., Auburn

350

Automotive stamping (manufactuerers)

210 Green Drive, Avilla

CSX Transportation

301 N. Randolf St., Garrett

348

Railroads

270

Automobile-manufacturers equipment and supplies

6610 C.R. 60, St. Joe

340

Steel products (wholesale)

Tenneco Inc.

1490 Gerber St., Ligonier

257

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Nucor Vulcraft Group Rieke Packaging Systems

500 W. 7th St., Auburn

300

Parkview Noble Hospital

410 N. Sawyer Road, Kendallville

Closures-industrial, protective (manufacturers)

225

Hospitals

Buildings-metal (manufacturers)

Sacred Heart

201

Residential Care Homes

305 Industrial Parkway, Waterloo

300

515 N. Main St., Avilla

Nucor Building Systems

201 E. North St., Kendallville

2505 Dekko Drive, Garrett

300

Walmart Supercenter

Group Dekko Intl Inc.

Engravers-metal (manufacturers)

200

Department stores

Schools

2605 Marion Drive, Kendallville

180

Merchandising services

801 E. Houston St., Garrett

250

Colwell Industries Inc.

Garrett-KeyserButler School Nucor Fastners

230

KPC Media Group Inc.

102 N. Main St., Kendallville

6730 C.R. 60, St. Joe

Buildings-metal (manufacturers)

175

Newspapers

500 W. 7th St., Auburn

200

Pumps (wholesale)

Kroger

301 W. North St., Kendallville

Rieke Dispensing Products

170

Grocers-retail

Taylor Made Inc.

1101 Stonebraker Drive, Kendallville

160

Glass products made-purchased glass

95 N. Oak St., Flint & Walling Inc. Kendallville

150

Pumps and pumping equipment (manufacterers)

Reliable Tool & Machine Co.

301 W. Ohio St., Kendallville

145

Graphic Packaging Intl

301 S. Progress Drive East, Kendall- 145 ville

Paperboard mills (manufacterers)

Structural Composites-Indiana

1118 Gerber St., Ligonier

Manufacterers

Bosch Automotive Motor Systems Kautex

1613 Progress Drive, Albion

140

Axels

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AUBURN GEAR Product/Services

What is the main product(s) or services(s) your company provides? Auburn Gear manufactures highly customized and engineered planetary gear drives and performance differentials. What are your primary customers or clients? Auburn Gear’s primary customers or clients are mobile off-highway equipment manufactures that serve markets such as: • Agricultural equipment • Construction equipment • Mining equipment • Ground support equipment How is your product made or your services performed? Auburn Gear is a fully integrated manufacturing company. Auburn Gear uses CNC equipment, gear cutting equipment such as hobbing machines, shaper cutting machines, and broaching. Auburn Gear also heat treats, grinds and assembles their products. How has your product or services changed/improved in recent years? Auburn Gear has invested in product development, machine tools and employee training. To keep pace the changes changing needs of customers and markets we serve. What quality of service standards or awards have you received? Auburn Gear is an ISO 9001-2008 registered manufacturer. Where is your product or services delivered or distributed? Auburn Gear products are sold

throughout the world.

Company History

How long has your business been a part of the DeKalb, Steuben, Noble or LaGrange County community? The Auburn plant was established in 1938 as the Warner Gear Division of BorgWarner. Who is the company’s founder? Auburn Gear was formed when George Callas purchased the Auburn plant and product lines from Borg Warner in 1982. Who is the current owner? Auburn Gear is owned by North River Capital, a private equity firm out of Fort Wayne, IN. How has the company grown over the years? Since 2009 Auburn Gear has grown significantly through new product development that has allowed Auburn Gear to enter into new markets and increase our customer base. What changes have been significant in the growth of this company? The investment in a talented workforce and new capital equipment.

Employees

How many employees does your company have? Auburn Gear currently employees approximately 160 people. How do the employees contribute to the service, quality and values of your company? Auburn Gear employees are key to designing, manufacturing and maintaining

the quality of our products and providing the highest level of support to our customers. How do the employees contribute to innovation or the future direction of your company? Auburn Gear fosters “thinking outside of the box” to meet the technical needs of our customers by creating highly engineered solutions. Auburn Gear’s employees are working today to develop products for the future successful growth of the company. What ways do your employees “make a difference” in either the way they do their jobs or in the way they service their communities? Auburn Gear has a continuous improvement philosophy and promotes programs that drive continuous improvement where all employees have an opportunity to participate. Do employees have continuing education opportunities? Advancement opportunities? Recognition? Auburn Gear seeks to promote from within wherever possible and many of the employees have been with the company for over fifteen years. Employees are regularly recognized for contribution to the company’s success. This is done through continuous improvement incentive bonuses and other forms of recognition. Auburn Gear offers classes to help employees improve their skills and knowledge.

Future Plans/Expansions

What are your company’s plans for future expansions? Have you recently completed an expansion project?

Auburn Gear has grown steadily over the past eight years and has put together a strategic plan to continue that growth. How is your company using technology to explain and grow? Auburn Gear uses several technical tools, such as 3D-CAD, CAM, FEA, multi-axis machine tools, FMEA and other state-of-the-art tools to design, validate, and manufacture our products. How is the internet playing a role in your company’s future? The internet enables Auburn Gear to communicate with both current and potential customers and to provide them with faster support and service.

Mission Statement/Philosophy/ Community Activities

What guiding principles or philosophy does your company take pride in? Mission statement is: Auburn Gear is a global supplier of innovative engineered power transmission solutions serving mobile equipment, automotive/truck and adjacent near markets. How is your company involved in the community? Auburn Gear participates in the United Way campaign. Auburn Gear is a corporate member and supporter of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. Auburn Gear is active with IVY Tech in helping to develop work/learning programs. Auburn Gear offers internship opportunities for high school and college students. Auburn Gear adopts a family for the holiday season.


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DIRECT HIRE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Area manufacturing firm has a limited number of openings for new team members. Selected candidates must be willing to work hard, contribute and participate in team activities affecting their job, and continually strive to improve in terms of productivity and quality.

NOW HIRING FOR:

Maintenance Technicians – Pay range $21.73 - $28.50 hr. Experience working in CNC Repair, Heat Treat and PLC machining a plus. CNC Machinists – Pay range $18.00 – $22.60 hr. (5 Axis) Power Wheel Assembly – Pay $17.03 – $20.35 hr. High School Diploma/GED required in addition to background screening and pre-employment drug testing.

If you are the best in your current position and you are a team player, we want to talk to you! We offer graduated pay increases over the first year of employment and performance based increases based on your own potential. We offer an excellent compensation package and benefit program, Vacation and Holiday pay, Profit sharing, and 401K plan with company match. Interested candidates may complete an application on-site or submit a resume in person between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Or you may submit a resume on line at hr@auburngear.com

Auburn Gear, LLC Human Resources Department 400 E. Auburn Drive Auburn, Indiana 46706 Equal Opportunity Employer


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Rendering of Vestil’s 4th Facility, 225,000 sq. ft. fulfillment center being built in 2018

Welding Powder Coat 900 Growth Parkway – 260.624.2121 or 624.2385 2999 N. Wayne St. – 260.624.3126 or 624.3201 201 Growth Parkway – 260.665.2867

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Vestil at a glance Vestil Manufacturing Corporation is an industry leader in the manufacturing and distributing of industrial material handling equipment. We feature over 1,000 different product lines, many of which are in stock and ready for immediate shipment. We stand behind our products with people that listen to our customer’s needs and find the best solution for their application. We deliver value to our customers by engineering new designs and products, which increase productivity, improve workplace ergonomics and decrease worker injury. Vestil presently has 435+ employees and over 1,000,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space. We provide a broad product line to our customers in an efficient manner allowing for the best possible customer experience.

turing truck and rail dock equipment. T & S Equipment started with 20 employees and 11,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The dock seal division of United Tractor was purchased in 1968 for the purpose of expanding the product assortment. During the 1970’s, the company redefined its product strategy to include material handling equipment. A concerted effort was made to focus specifically on custom-made electric/hydraulic equipment. In 1982, Vestil moved from Michigan into a new larger building in Angola, Indiana, to allow for future growth opportunities. As the material handling market continued to grow and present new opportunities, Vestil built a new manufacturing facility in Angola in 1989. This addition addressed immediate space needs and laid the foundation for additional growth. 6 expansions A look at the past… followed from 1990-1997. A third plant Vestil Manufacturing Corporation is was constructed in 1998 and an expansion a fourth-generation family-owned and in 2005. A fourth plant was purchased in operated manufacturer of industrial material 2010 to further warehouse and manufachandling equipment. We were founded turing within the same industrial park. in 1958 in Albion, Michigan, when the owners of T & S Equipment started a new A look at the present… company with the intention of manufacVestil Manufacturing Corporation

currently has four facilities totaling over 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. Today, Vestil employs over 435 people and continues to grow in numbers year after year. We have 15 full-time engineers focusing on mechanical, fluid power, electrical, and industrial disciplines. 17 sales people and 10 support staff members are dedicated to providing the best customer experience possible. We also take pride in being a leader and frontrunner in providing the best content and quality product data in the industry. A team of 12 employees are dedicated solely to providing the highest quality content in the industry. This includes a state-ofthe-art photo/video studio, product specification validation, digital imaging, portal management and photo/video management. Vestil offers the most diverse product line in the industry through continual product line improvement and new product development. We believe that new product development and being first-to-market is the life-blood of our organization. We offer the entire spectrum of products from our in-stock 48-hour quick ship items to

custom product manufacturing to fit your unique applications. Vestil products are manufactured using over 100 different pieces of equipment. That list of equipment includes 2 lasers, a CNC plasma table, CNC lathe, 2 CNC mills, 3 CNC band saws, 4 press brakes, 4 shears, 106 steel and aluminum MIG welders, a state-ofthe-art machine shop, over 80 welding stations, 2 robotic welders, and the largest fully-automated powder coat finishing system in the Midwest.

A look at the future…

The future for Vestil Manufacturing Corporation is bright! 2017 was another record sales year for the 60 year old company. We are currently building a 225,000 square foot fulfillment center. This building will offer same-day shipping on many in-stock items. Vestil is making this investment in response to customer demand. We are optimistic that growth will continue for us in the future. Outstanding, dependable people and continued loyalty from our customers will lead the way. Vestil, we’ve got it!


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GRAPHIC PACKAGING CORPORATION We’re a leader in the packaging industry, serving hundreds of the world’s most recognized brands. You’ve probably purchased food, beverages or other consumer products sold in our packaging. As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of folding cartons, unbleached paperboard, coated recycled board, microwave packaging and machinery, we

continue to set new standards for our industry. We are always looking ahead to help our customers meet changing consuer demands and their business goals. We combine market-specific expertise

and innovative thinking to create inspired packaging. By providing nature-based, renewable packaging, we improve the environment for everyone. We design smart and attractive packaging that stands out in the highly

competitive retail marketplace, but that’s just the beginning. Our global capabilities, systems expertise and packaging solutions deliver value to our customers on many levels. Optimizing the supply chain. Securing product supply. Improving sustainability metrics. Stretching marketing dollars. Boosting sales. Building brand loyalty.

Visit Us At:

WWW.GRAPHICPKG.COM 301 S PROGRESS DR E ~ KENDALLVILLE, IN

Graphic Packaging is a leader in the packaging industry, serving hundreds of the worldʼs most

recognized brands. Youʼve probably purchased food, beverages or other consumer products sold in our packaging.

WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE To make a positive difference where we live and work, we focus on three priorities. These guide our business practices, our community service activities and our philanthropic commitments. PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT

PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE

INVESTING IN EDUCATION


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RP WAKEFIELD Product/Services

Company History

What are the main products or services your company provides? Hardwood moulding/hardwood Mantels Who are your primary customers or clients? Contractors, cabinet companies, do-it-yourself people, etc. How is your product made or your services performed? We buy kiln dried, raw lumber, rip and mill the wood to size. How has your product or services changed/improved in recent years? We now produce furniture legs for our customers and some RV parts. What quality of service standards or awards have you received? We have received a couple of awards from our customers for good products and on time service. Where is your product or services delivered or distributed? We deliver and ship on our truck in a 30 mile radius, but we also ship via common carrier to Michigan and around Indianapolis.

How long has your business been a part of the community? Since 1954 Who is the company’s founder? R P Wakefield sold to Donald Ruegsegger/Robert Simon/Robert Wyatt sold to Brian Ruegsegger (current owner) Who is the current owner? Brian Ruegsegger How has the company grown over the years? Went from a plywood supplier to a hardwood supplier to cabinet companies. What changes have been significant in the growth of this company? Vision to supply the customer’s request-purchase machines to make this happen.

Employees How many employees does your company have? 30 How do the employees contribute tot he service, quality and values of your

company? Each employee is cross trained to follow the product while processing to the finished product. How do the employees contribute ot innovation or the future direction of your company? Since the employee does wok on the product, input from them is taken seriously. What ways do your employees “make a difference” in either the way they do their jobs or in the way they service their communities? We allow the employees to contribute to the United Way, and food drives from the nearby food pantries. Do employees have continuing education opportunities? Advancement opportunities? Recognition? We do recognize employees for their time with our company. We have advanced from within the company.

Future Plans/Expansions What are your company’s plans for future expansions? Have you recently completed an expansion project? We just purchased a $130,000

machine to upgrade our ripping system. We are looking into expanding our building. How is your company using technology to expand and grow? We use computers on many machines. How is the internet playing a role in your company’s future? We advertise on the internet and also purchase on the internet. Take orders, and also receive invoices.

Mission Statement/Philosophy/ Community Activities What guiding principles or philosophy does your company take pride in? We feel our customers and employees are the backbone of our company. We treat each customer equally. We treat our employees fairly and try to understand when problems come. How is your company involved in the community? We sponsor many activities: United Way, kids program in Butler, different school activities, active in the DeKalb Chamber, etc.

Add real value to your home or business ... when you redecorate or spruce up your home with hardwood mouldings.

600 West Maple Waterloo

260-837-8841 800-538-4163 www.rpwakefield.com

1109 W. Auburn Dr., Auburn

Keith Jewel’s Cell: 260-704-5263 www.auburnhardwood.com

RP Wakefield can help you increase the value of your home, as well as its beauty! We manufacture innumerable sizes and styles including casings, bases, handrails and picture mouldings. All available in red oak, hard maple, poplar, cherry, ash, rustic alder, walnut, hickory, aniegre and many other species. Many are in stock at Auburn Hardwood Mouldings. RP Wakefield also manufactures hardwood mantels and surrounds for fireplaces and also mantel shelves in a variety of lengths. We are now manufacturing wine racks and coddles.

Check us out to see what project we can do together for the value and beauty of your home.

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HICKORY CREEK Product/Services

What is the main product(s) or services(s) your company provides? Healthcare — Long term care. What are your primary customers or clients? Serve persons of all ages. How is your product made or your services performed? Both skilled & intermediate care. Both short and long term. 24-hour nursing care. What quality of service standards or awards have you received? We are a 5- star facility, with our last 3 surveys being deficiency free. Where is your product or services delivered or distributed? We are a licensed facility that provides 24-hour care. We have both skilled & intermediate levels of care providing physical, occupational, speech & respiratory therapy. Medicare, Medicaid-certified covering most stays. A full scale long term care establishment.

Company History

How long has your business been a part of the DeKalb, Steuben, Noble or LaGrange County community? Since 1970 in Noble County

Who is the current owner? Hickory Creek Healthcare What changes have been significant in the growth of this company? Our facility has recently been renovated.

Employees

How many employees does your company have? 30. Employing RNs, LPNs, C.N.As, housekeeping & laundry staff, dietary cooks, maintenance, business office, activities, social services and MDS. How do the employees contribute to the service, quality and values of your company? We have many staff members who have between 9 & 19 years of service. They state, “it’s like getting paid for what you LOVE to do.” Employees like the slower pace of a small facility where they can spend more time with residents and families and not feel so rushed. What ways do your employees “make a difference” in either the way they do their jobs or in the way they service their communities? Our employees make a difference every day in the lives of taking care of the ones

they love and nurture. We have fun and our facility is a happy & full of activities kind of home. Do employees have continuing education opportunities? Yes, we are regulated to remain educated through many different types of training Advancement opportunities? Recognition? We offer good, affordable insurance and still offer a PENSION PLAN which is almost unheard of in health care these days. We also have many programs that recognize our employees with cash rewards.

Mission Statement/Philosophy/ Community Activities

What guiding principles or philosophy does your company take pride in? We are a small 36 bed facility. We take pride in being small, which enables us to provide more one on one individualized care. You will not get lost in the crowd like in larger facilities. We get to know and are very involved with our residents and families. Our biggest compliment is “You are like family and you can feel that when you walk through the door.” Our

philosophy is “neighbors taking care of neighbors.” If you want to see and feel the difference come visit us, take a tour, or job shadow before you make the decision to join this amazing place to work & thrive. You can come to the facility to fill an application out or go online to our website at www.hickorycreekhealthcare. org. Currently we are searching for the right nurse to join our team but encourage anyone interested to apply so that when the need arises we have your information at our fingertips. There is true teamwork at this facility which is validated by the longevity of the staff that have stayed for many years so if you feel stuck in your current position and need a change so that you feel good about yourself at the end of the day then you need to join our team. We are looking forward to talking with you. How is your company involved in the community? We are member of the chamber and local council on aging. We offer many services to the public as well. We enjoy being involved in the community that supports us.

“We Are Neighbors Taking Care of Neighbors”

Hickory Creek is a Premiere Provider in Kendallville, Earning a 5-Star Rating by Medicare. Whether you are considering a short-term rehab visit or a long-term stay, let us help you make your choice easier.

To schedule a tour call (260) 347-3612 1433 S. Main St., Kendallville, IN 46755

Hickory Creek at Kendallville has newly remodeled resident rooms. We provide a range of services including: • 24 Hour Skilled Nursing Care • Physical, Occupational, Respiratory & Speech Therapy • Rehabilitation Services • Respite Care for Short Stays • Wound Care Management • Pain Management • Outpatient Therapy Medicare, Medicaid, Private Pay & Most Insurance Accepted.

Please visit our new website at: http://www.hickorycreekhealthcare.org/


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THERMA-TRU Therma-Tru is the leading entry door brand most preferred by building professionals.* Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, with manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Butler and Howe, Therma-Tru is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. The home is a personal expression of style. And as styles evolve, so does Therma-Tru’s product portfolio. Therma-Tru researches the trends homeowners are gravitating toward to deliver exciting new entryway options to transform a house into a home. Therma-Tru associates contribute to local and national building projects that

improve the quality of life and security for those who need it most. They also regularly volunteer their time, participating in fundraisers and events to benefit local organizations and charities including Habitat for Humanity, United Way, American Cancer Society and more. Behind every beautiful Therma-Tru door is a group of talented people. From engineering to accounting, product development to marketing, sales to manufacturing, this is where people with diverse backgrounds and skills work together to turn inspiration into innovation. Joining Therma-Tru means working for an industry leader that offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits and an opportunity to turn a job into a career. Learn more at thermatru.com/careers. *Brand Use Study, 2018 Builder magazine.


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BUTLER MILL SERVICE COMPANY Product/Services

What is the main product or service your company provides? Butler Mill Services handles, processes and sells steel slag which is a co-product of the steel making process. Who are your primary customers? Our primary customer is Steel Dynamics Butler and our secondary customers are asphalt companies, excavating companies and individuals that use our aggregate products to make driveways. How is your product made and services performed? Our aggregate products are screened, crushed, sized and tested for quality on site. Our steel mill services are performed using heavy mobile equipment and highly qualified operators. How has your product/service changed in recent years? In recent years, we have added a patented new product called Duraberm, which is used as a low-cost driveway stone. The heavy mobile equipment fleet we use to perform our services for SDI Butler has been upgraded signifi-

cantly in the last five years. What quality of service or awards have you received? We have gone over 12 years without a lost time safety incident. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified. Where is your product or service delivered or distributed? Our aggregate products are distributed to asphalt paving companies, excavating companies and individuals that are building a driveway or roadway. All of our services are conducted for SDI on site.

Company History

How long has your business been a part of the DeKalb, Steuben, Noble or LaGrange community? We have been supplying quality stone/aggregate products in the local community for over 23 years. Who is the company’s founder? Ed Levy Sr. Who is the current owner? Ed Levy Jr. How has the company grown over the years? Our site at SDI Butler has been

around for 23 years but our parent company Levy is celebrating 100 years this year. What changes have been significant in the growth of this company? 100 years ago, our company started in steel mill services but we have expanded into other industries like asphalt paving, concrete, quarries, mining, ready mix concrete, sand and gravel.

Employees

How many employees does your company have? We have 50 employees at Butler Mill Services. How do the employees contribute to the service, quality, and values of your company? Our employees take pride in performing safe and environmentally friendly services for Steel Dynamics and our aggregate/stone customers. How do the employees contribute to innovation or the future direction of your company? At Butler Mill Services, we generate new ideas by learning from our employees and customers on a daily

basis. We also benchmark using our other sites around the world. What ways do your employees make a difference in either the way they do their jobs or in the way they service their communities? Butler Mill Services employees turn a co-product of the steel-making process into a valuable aggregate/stone that can be used throughout the local community in various applications. Do employees have continuing education opportunities? Advancement opportunities? Recognition? Butler Mill Services employees have the opportunities for education, advancement and they are recognized on a monthly basis for accomplishments in safety, environmental and operational requirements.

Future Plans/Expansions

How is your company using technology to expand and grow? At Butler Mill Services we work closely with our customers, suppliers and vendors to improve technology and make advancements that improve our business.

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Covington Box & Packaging prides itself on “providing the customer WHAT they want, WHEN they want it,” as it says on Covington’s website. Serving Indiana for over 30 years, Covington has been well established for quite some time. Covington Box and Packaging, Inc. was

established in 1981 In Ashley, Indiana, with 5 employees and a 20,000 sq.ft facility. The business has since grown and expanded. “Today, with over 80 passionate plant workers and a 200,000 sq. ft. facility in Waterloo, Indiana, we continue to grow and lead the way in meeting special require-

ments from hundreds of customers, whom many we have had the privilege to serve for over 20 years.” In addition, Covington East in Edgerton, Ohio, was also opened after company expansion in 2017. According to the site, Covington East allows “us to better serve our customers and meet a high

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demand particularly in the produce season. Covington Packaging serves primarily the northeast region, with focus on the Tri-States region of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. However, the company also services customers’ parent manufacturing facilities, some which are in Texas and North Carolina, as the website boasts.

We are a TEAM! From the office workers, sales team to production/ warehouse workers to the delivery drivers, all individuals and their collective roles play a very important part in the success of customer service and satisfaction.

Servicing Industries for over 35 years. Thank you to our many loyal customers for allowing Covington to service their packaging needs. Thank you to all the hard-working employees that contribute to making a great time. • Custom designed boxes • Stock boxes • Foam in place packaging • Plastic packaging • Corrugated die cuts • Partitions • Kitted skid boxes • And much more!

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MOLD SERVICE INC. Mold Service Inc. is a Butler business that prides itself on solving problems and performing services for other companies. It was honored in April 2018 for more than 50 years of service during ceremonies in Indianapolis. The company is located at 2911 C.R. 59. MSI Tool & Die, locally known as Mold Service, was one of more than 40 Indiana companies recognized for longevity by Gov. Eric Holcomb. “We’ve changed over the years to serve industry’s needs,” explained Walter Prosser, who joined Mold Service in 1974 and purchased the business from the Martin family in 2015. “Our employees are the key to our success.” Today, MSI has expanded to making specialty machines, cylinders, fabrication, new engineering, precision surface grinding, short-run CNC, repairing

existing parts and so much more. “We want to partner with other companies and help them with their needs,” added Prosser’s son, Joe Prosser, who has been with MSI for just over two years. “Whether it’s fabrication, new parts or repairing existing equipment, we work with our partners to keep them running and becoming more efficient.” MSI actively serves and partners with companies in many industries, including: rubber, steel, stamping, roll formers, injection molding and local farmers to meet all their needs. MSI is your go to source to refurbish or repurpose your existing equipment or engineering a new machine from an idea. For more information check us out at www.moldserviceinc.com then contact us to see the difference having a partner makes.

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Largest employers in Steuben and LaGrange counties STEUBEN COUNTY

Address

Number of Employees

Industry

LAGRANGE COUNTY

Address

Number of Employees

Industry

Rieke Corp.

2855 E. Bellefontaine Road, Hamilton

876

Miscellaneous non-durable goods

Ferrellgas

Shipshewana

3,908

Gas-propane-refilling stations

700

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Champion Home Builders Inc.

308 Sheridan Drive, Topeka

562

Buidings-pre-cut prefab and modular (manufacturers)

K-Z Inc.

9270 W. U.S. 20, Shipshewana

450

Recreational vehicles, equipment, parts (manufacturers)

Nishikawa Cooper LLC

324 Morrow St., Topeka

375

Rubber-manufacturer supplies (manufactuerers)

Lake Park Industries

750 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana

300

Metal stamping (manufacturers)

K-Z Inc.

985 N. C.R. 900W, Shipshewana

300

Trailers-camping and travel (manufacturers)

Open Range RV Co.

3195 N. S.R. 5, Shipshewana

300

Campers and pick-up coaches-distribution

Prairie Heights Community School

305 S. C.R. 1150E, LaGrange

252

Schools

Dometic Corp.

509 S. Poplar St., LaGrange

250

Recreational vehicles and campers (manufacturers)

F S Bancorp

220 S. Detroit St., LaGrange

200

Holding companies (bank)

200

Restaurants

TI Group Automotive Systems

507 H L Thompson Jr. Drive, Ashley

Tenneco Inc.

503 Weatherhead St., Angola

450

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Cameron Memorial Hospital

416 E. Maumee St., Angola

364

Hospitals

Miller Poultry

9622 W. C.R. 350N, 325 Orland

Poultry processing plants

Walmart Supercenter

2016 N. Wayne St., Angola

318

Department stores

Metaldyne

5832 N. Tillotson St., Fremont

310

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

300

Assembly and fabricating service (manufacturers)

2999 N. Wayne St., Angola

300

Overhead traveling cranes hoists

Meijer

2990 N. Wayne St., Angola

300

Grocers-retail

RR Donnelley

611 W. Mill St., Angola

280

Credit unions

Vestil Manufacturing Co.

299 N. Wayne St., Angola

250

Material handling equipment (wholesale)

Blue Gate Restaurant

105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana

Vestil Manufacturing Corp.

299 N. Wayne St., Angola

225

Matieral handling equipment (manufacturers)

Redwood Residential Vehicles

1140 W. Lake St., Topeka

150

Trine University

1 University Ave., Angola

200

Schools- universities and colleges

Recreational vehicles and campers (manufacturers)

Cross Roads RV Inc.

305 Hawpatch Drive, Topeka

150

Recreational vehicles and campers (manufacturers)

Trin Inc.

803 H L Thompson Jr. Drive, Ashley

T & S Equipment Corp.

EMF Corp.

505 Pokagon Trail, Angola

200

Electronic equipment and supplies (manufacturers)

Flex-n-gate

3000 Woodhull Drive, Angola

175

Automobile parts and supplies (manufacturers)

Angola Wire Products

803 Wohlert St., Angola

175

Wire and cable markers (manufacturers)

Metaldyne

307 S. Tillotson St., Fremont

170

Engines-supplies, equipment and parts (manufacturers)

Dexter Axle

301 W. Pearl St., Fremont

160

Axles

Xpo Logistics

6755 N. Old 27, Fremont

150

Trucking-motor freight

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“Over the last 46 years…we started with one truck and one route. Today we have 11-13 trucks running per day with nine daily routes. We also provide temporary containers for cleanup purposes, recycling options, and have an on-site Bonded Recycling Electronic facility.”

NOBLE COUNTY DISPOSAL, INC. Products/Services

What are the main products or services your company provides? Trash hauler for all of northeast Indiana. We specialize in residential, commercial, cleanup containers, roll-off and recycling needs. Who are your primary customers or clients? All of northeast Indiana. How are your products made or your services performed? Weekly for residential customers. Commercial accounts we can service monthly, weekly or bi-weekly. How have your products or services changed/improved in recent years? Over the last 46 years … we started with one truck and one route. Today we have 11-13 trucks running per day with nine daily routes. We also provide temporary containers for cleanup purposes, recycling options and have an on-site bonded recycling electronic facility. What quality or service standards or awards have you received? We are a bonded facility with the state of Indiana for electronic recycling.

Company History

How long has your business been a part of the community? We have been a family-based business for over 46 years.

Arnold family, and that sets us apart from How do the employees other haulers. contribute to the service, quality Future and values of How is the Internet playing a role in your company? your company’s future? They go We have our own website, www. above and NCDisposal.com, and Facebook page. beyond for good They tell about our different services, us in quality service. Who is the Our employees general and you can pay your bill on the company’s are like part of founder? website. the family and The “We donate services for youth ball have adopted company was Mission Statement/Philosophy/ our principles of leagues, school events, Relay for founded by G. Community Activities quality service. W. Potee from Life, Harvest Festival, and KendallWhat guiding principles or philosophy How do the Brimfield, does your company take pride in? ville Car Show, just to name a few.” employees the father of The Arnold family and Noble County contribute to Myrna Arnold. Disposal are both very community-service innovation or the future direction of Who is the current owner? oriented. your company? It is a family-based business being run They take pride in their work and How is your company involved in the daily by the Arnold family — Myrna and respect that fact we like our facility and community? Sam Arnold along with Chad, Brice and trucks clean at all times. We donate services for youth ball daughter-in-law Amy. Grandchildren are How do the employees “make a differleagues, school events, Relay for Life, also showing an interest in the business. ence” in either the way they do their jobs Harvest Festival and Kendallville Car or in the way they serve their communiShow, just to name a few. We are members Employees ties? of chambers of commerce for Kendallville How many employees does your They are kind and caring. If they see company have? someone in need, they do not mind helping and Albion. We are also a major contributor out. That has always been known of the We have over 30 employees. to the United Way.


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, e l b o N g n i v lb r a K Se e D , e s g e n i t a r n u G o Residential & Commercial La C n e b u rs te a S e y d n a 46 r e v o 3, 4, & 6 yard Clean up Containers for Electronic & Fluorescent Drop Off Location

1973 E US Hwy 6, Albion www.NCDisposal.com

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SOS SERVICE Products and Services

What are the main products or services your company provides? Locally: We do hydraulic repair and sales with a specialty in cylinder repair for the tri-state area. Nationwide: We do restoration on metal coils and paper rolls. Who are your primary customers or clients? Locally: Industrial and agricultural customers who use hydraulics in their businesses. Nationwide: Over 5,000 steel and paper manufacturing locations. How have your products or services changed/improved in recent years? Locally: We have added Parker Fluid Power Products and Power Team to expand the products for our customer, to meet the changing needs within the industry. Nationwide: SOS has added 16 new services to our original services. The goal is keeping up with current demands and create a complete package for our customer. Where are your products or services changed/improved in recent years? Locally: We distribute our products nationwide and provide pickup and delivery. Along with on-site diagnostic services, within a 70 mile radius of Angola,

Indiana. Nationwide: Restoration of metal coils and paper rolls are done at our customer’s location.

Employees

Company History

How do the employees contribute to the service, quality and values of your company? Our employees look for new ways to expand and service our customers with outside-the-box thinking and are open to new ideas to grow our business.

How long has your business been a part of the local community? SOS has been in business since 1967 Who is the company’s founder? Norm Brammall was the founder of Brammall Inc. in 1967. Brammall had the SOS roll straightening. Hydraulic Division, and CSE Cargo Seal Division. In 1999 SOS Service Inc. was formed. SOS owners Doug Zuber, Ed Everett and Jim Huber in 2006 changed SOS from a privately owned company to an employee-owned company. Who is the current owner? SOS Service is an employee-owned company. Kyle Gruner is the company president. He took over from Jim Huber in 2012 when Jim retired. How has the company grown over the years? SOS is the nationwide leader in metal coil and paper roll restoration, coupled with our hydraulic division. We are expanding our product line and growing into new markets, including products specific to the rail industry.

How many employees does your company have? SOS employs 44 people.

Future Plans/Expansions

What are your company’s plans for future expansions? Have you recently completed an expansion project? We are in the process of adding our new office building, which we will be moving in next month. We have outgrown our office space that we have now. We have recently added additional lines of hydraulic products for the industrial market and continue to look for manufacturers to partner with to provide affordable, quality products to our customers. How is your company using technology to expand and grow? Locally: Technology has changed the types of hydraulic products we provide. Recently, the advancement in hydraulic torque wrenches has allowed us to provide customers, in new industries, products to assist them in ways that in the past were

not possible. Engineers are constantly coming up with more efficient way to do jobs, and as those products are designed, we can provide them to our customers. Nationwide: GPS, Electronic Logbooks and electronic forms. How is the internet playing a role in your company’s future? Locally: We are currently leveraging the internet to market our straightening division. Also, a new website will launch very soon, showcasing our hydraulic products and services at www.hydraulicshop@sosservice.com. Nationwide: In the past it could be up to 2 weeks to do the invoicing. Today we can complete the job and invoice in the same day. We are able to share information instantly and efficiently.

Mission Statement/Philosophy/ Community Activities

How is your company involved in the community? We are members of the Angola Chamber of Commerce and donate to several non-profit organizations in Steuben County. Our mission statement: To achieve excellence in turning liabilities into assets, through a commitment of going above and beyond our best, to exceed the expectations of our customers and fellow employees.


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WESTERN CONSOLIDATED TECHNOLOGIES At Western Consolidated Technologies, our employees, our vendors and our customers are family. WCT is located in Fremont and has been in business for 43 year. It has had a few names and addresses over that time, but it has always put employees first. It is a proud member of the Kelco Family of companies. WCT is known worldwide for the manufacture of quality and durable custom seals, gaskets and bearings. A list of WCT manufacturing machining of a variety of custom compounded materials such as rubber, high performance plastics and PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene). Highly trained and skilled employees operate a wide variety of manufacturing equipment with adept skills. These range from CNC machines, lathes, CAD and CAM programming to design and improve part processing material analysis. Our core focus has always been toward employee welfare, development, education and empowerment.

Over the years, WCT has embodied quality business strategies, research and development, critical analysis on satisfying our customers while keeping every member of the team engaged. Our system of putting people first has earned many accolades. Here are just a few of our awards: • Milwakee Valve 2015 Supplier of the Year Award • Steuben Co. Excellence in Business Award, May 2016 • Leadership 100 Top Performing Plants 2014 • ISO certification: ISO 9001: 2015 • 101 Best and Brightest Companies Award 2013, 2014 and 2016

Customers and Market Served

Our products are critical to the success of our customers’ equipment. We serve a variety of markets including automotive, aerospace, energy, chemical processing and agriculture and many more. Our Employees are our Greatest Asset:

WCT is a privately held and family owned business promoting a friendly family work environment. Employees are trained and empowered to make business decisions. We understand and uphold the values of family and we try to provide flexible working schedules and telecommuting to create a work-life balance atmosphere for our employees. WCT offers a competitive benefits package to our employees including 401K, profit sharing, short-term disability, health and life insurance, paid personal days and vacation. More than that, the company also promotes health, safety and wellness education among its employees. WCT wellness program includes: free flu shots, an annual wellness fair, biggest loser contests, walk at launch program and online access to wellness websites. We Value our Community: Our employees are involved in many community development and awareness programs. Every holiday brings in bags

of goodies (potluck). At Christmas, WCT holds an auction with the items donated by our employees and the company. The proceeds from these events aid local families and organizations in need. Branch County Veterans Affairs, Fremont Community Church and the Fremont Community Head Start Program to name a few. The wellness group at WCT has been involved in “Adopt a Highway Campaign” where about a dozen employees spent part of their evenings cleaning up along the roadside for 2 miles outside the Fremont are. Come join our team! WCT will accept any potential employee application in its quest to add to the already diverse and always growing team of great professionals. In summary, WCT is in the business of helping people. Our customers, our employees and our community. We are always looking for employees who share that passion and want to be part of a family.

Known worldwide for the manufacture of quality and durable custom seals, gaskets and bearings. Serving a variety of markets including automotive, aerospace, energy, chemical processing, agriculture and many more. WCT embodies quality business strategies, research and development, and customer satisfaction while keeping every member of our team engaged. Our system of putting people first has earned many accolades.

Thank you to our dedicated team members for helping us to provide our customers with quality seals since 1975

Proud Recipients of • Milwaukee Valve 2015 Supplier of the Year Award • Steuben Co. Excellence in Business Award May 2016 • Leadership 100 Top Performing Plants 2014 • ISO certification: ISO 9001:2015 • 101 Best and Brightest Companies Award 2013, 2014, and 2016

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UNIVERTICAL Product/Services

What is the main product(s) or service(s) your company provides? We produce copper anodes and specialty chemicals for the electroplating industry. What are you primary customers or clients? Printed circuit board manufacturers. semiconductor plating, plating on plastic providers. electronics manufacturers, proprietary manufacturers of specialty chemicals, gravure cylinders for the printing industry.

Where is your product or services delivered or distributed? To 30 countries around the world. We have two manufacturing plants, one in Angola, and one in Suzhou, China.

Company History

How is your product made or your services performed? By melting copper and blending chemicals. How has your product or services changed/improved in recent years? The value added. The customer dictates how we have to provide customization for evolving needs — special formulations, delivery time, packaging, etc. What quality of service standards or services or awards have you received? Registered to the current standard, ISO 9001:2008. We have several customer certifications. Our founder Charles Walker was inducted into the Electroplating Hall of Fame in our industry. Producing the

best-quality products has made Univertical a world leader in our industry. The fusion of our ISO Quality System with our Lean Manufacturing and 6 Sigma programs ensures benchmark products from the order to your door each and every time.

How long has your business been a part of the Steuben County community? We have been in Angola since 1998. Who is the company’s founder? Charles Walker Who is the current owner? In 2013 we were acquired by our parent company, Alconix Corporation. How has the company grown over the years? We built our China plant in 2004. We built an addition to our Angola plant in 2010 to allow for future growth.

Employees

How many employees does your

company have? Around 70 employees in Angola. How do employees contribute to service, quality and value of your company? Our employees take ownership of and have pride in what we do. Serving our customers is the #1 priority. Loyalty to company, customers, vendors and fellow employees. We make commitments and keep them. Family culture with personal interaction. Specialized knowledge is built on the job by specialized training. It is not something you would know if you did not work here. How do your employees contribute to innovation or the future direction of your company? Our employees exhibit the misson of our company. They share the company culture, vision and values. They receive ongoing training in the plant to expand their knowledge base and provide future growth. What ways do your do employees “make a difference” in either the way they do their jobs or the way they service their communities? We are engaged with the local community. We recently had a food drive for T.L.C. We participated in United

Way’s Day of Caring,” we try to reach beyond the company walls and participate in the community. We participate in the Boomerang Backpack program Do employees have continuing education opportunities? Advancement opportunities? We offer continuing education and tuition assistance. Employees receive ongoing training to broaden their skillsets. We are a growing company and that creates a need for more employees at different levels within the organization.

Future Plans

What are your company’s plans for future expansions? Have you recently completed an expansion project? Continued business growth through industry consolidation, improved asset utilization and diversification into new products and new services for both existing applications and new applications and industries. How is you company using technology to expand and grow? A continued emphasis on the production of high value, non-commodity offerings, and a focus on customers that require and/ or demonstrate a preference for the highest quality products and services.

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A global player in the manufacturing of copper, and copper and nickel chemicals for the plating and surface finishing industries.

We are involved in many businesses…

1938 – 2018

95% of what we make goes into the plating and surface finishing and ends up in a diverse group of applications including Aviation, Automotive, Electronics and Coinage. The products we manufacture are used in a multitude of products that consumers use every day, including…chrome parts on cars and motorcycles, plated cylinders for the printing industry, faucets, travel racks and other shiny metal and plastic parts that have been plated. Many copper pennies in circulation contain copper made here in Angola!

Where we’re going… - In 2010, we added 30,000 ft2 and installed new capabilities and equipment to diversify our product offering. - In 2015, we completed the installation of a high tech laboratory and clean room.

“HONORED AS OUTSTANDING SECOND STAGE COMPANY DURING THE FIRST EDWARD LOWE FOUNDATION’S INDIANA “COMPANIES TO WATCH” AWARDS PROGRAM AUG. 27, 2008

- In 2017, we installed two new production lines. - We are actively pursing other opportunities to grow our business and add new jobs. - We currently employ more than 75 people in Angola and are heavy consumers of area goods and services.

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MILLER POULTRY

A long family history in the poultry business, Miller Poultry was awarded this spring the prestigious 2017 Supplier of the Year Award from Whole Foods. A family-owned company, which believes in quality, family and community. Miller Poultry produces Project Verified Non-GMO, Antibiotic Free chicken along with also a line of organic chicken. The company sells chicken in many retail grocery stores, such as Kroger, Spartan, Meijer, Whole Foods and SuperValu. The Miller Poultry brand is the founding brand of chicken but the company also produces chicken under the Pine Manor Brand for the Whole Foods Stores and Katie's Best brand, which you can now find in Meijer stores. They all follow the same strict auditing practices and high-quality expectations with the difference in chilling processes as described on the Pine Manor and Katie's Best packaging. The growth of the company is attributed to the employee continually striving to produce a high-quality product, which our customers have come

to appreciate and enjoy. The 25-year history in Steuben County started at a very small scale and has continued to grow and improve the facilities. The company now employs over 700 people with facilities in Goshen, New Paris, Vandalia, Michigan and Orland. Miller Poultry continues to be very community driven as our company owner instills giving back as a strong value. The company helps with many fundraisers, food pantries and volunteering. Continually supporting many local charities, the company donates or gives a price break to well over 200,000 pounds per year. The focus in recent years is becoming more sustainable, safety conscious and promoting animal welfare throughout the entire process and educating the entire work family at Miller Poultry. We want to create an atmosphere to attract and retain an employee group that is like our family. For those that have not tried our chicken we encourage you to! We think you will truly enjoy the difference!


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