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LaGrange County EDC releases new case studies of local businesses

The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) has announced the release of five new case studies profiling businesses in LaGrange County.

The five profiles feature businesses from different sectors of the LaGrange County community which have been assisted by the LCEDC and are featured on the LCEDC websiteatlagrangecountyedc.com.

The businesses featured are:

Cruiser RV – a second generation, family-owned manufacturer and industry leader in the production of high quality, lightweight, towable recreational vehicles (RVs).

Lake Area Designs – a manufacturer of high quality wood furnishings and other wood products for many industries, including the RV industry.

Mudd-Ox – a manufacturer of unique six- and eight-wheeled and tracked specialty ATVs for many applications, ranging from outdoorsmen to industrial use.

Nishikawa Cooper – a joint venture between Nishikawa Rubber Co. and Cooper Standard Automotive, a Tier One supplier to the automotive industry.

West Point Woodworking – a manufacturer of heirloom quality tables for wholesale suppliers of high-end furnishings.

The case studies were written as the result of research undertaken by the LCEDC with a number of site selectors and corporate real estate personnel from across the country. “Time and again, the response to our question of what kind of marketing material has the best chance of being remembered and selling a community, the answer was always the same – case studies” said Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the LCEDC. “Our customers spoke and we listened.” The LCEDC engaged the services of a published author and journalist in the Northeast Indiana region to conduct the interviews and write the case studies, along with the assistance of the Community Research Institute at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Each of the case studies addresses one big question – “Why do business in LaGrange County?” While there were a number of reasons cited, the main theme from the employers came down to three main points: the quality of the workforce, the cost of doing business, and the proximity to customers, suppliers, and transportation assets. “These three items are commonly stated in polls of site selection consultants as being among the most important factors that the majority of projects are considering,” Gillenwater said.

“We were thrilled to take part in this effort to support the LCEDC’s efforts at growing existing businesses and attracting new ones,” said Rob West, president of Lake Area Designs. “While they have been supportive to our business with incentives and such over the last couple of years, this goes beyond that. The LCEDC’s efforts help to grow and improve the community, and that benefits everyone.”

The case studies are available on the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation website at http://www.lagrangecountyedc.com/core-industries/case-studies.