Meet the New Neighbors – Manufacturers Have Been Movin’ In

Meet the New Neighbors – Manufacturers Have Been Movin’ In

Throughout the last several months, Indiana businesses have gotten a lot of new neighbors. Even with all the economic struggle of last year, the state still saw record-setting figures surrounding economic development. Among all of the different companies that announced plans to expand or set up new facilities in Indiana, several new-to-Indiana manufacturers made standout commitments.

We’ve compiled a rundown of several new manufacturing operations that have recently moved into the neighborhood, listed by what they produce.


Green Chemistry, Anti-Microbial Tech

Aquagenics Technologies is moving its headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing from Illinois into a 530,000-square-foot campus in Michigan City that’s been vacant for a decade. A $10 million investment in the campus is expected to create 100 new jobs.

The company is a bioscience company focused on the manufacture and distribution of advanced green chemistries and anti-microbial technologies. It actively supplies anti-microbial solutions primarily in the arenas of water treatment, filtration, and sanitizer spaces, and produces millions of units of product each year.


High-Value Metal Products

Although they say everything is bigger in Texas, business must be better in Indiana because Sortera Alloys chose our state for its high-tech metal recycling manufacturing operations. The firm plans to create up to 100 new jobs in Fort Wayne by 2022.

Sortera uses artificial intelligence to sort and recycle non-ferrous scrap metal, like aluminum, copper, zinc, brass, from vehicles. These reclaimed metals can then be converted into high-value products. The company is investing up to $4.2 million to purchase and equip its new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing operation.

Also, new local partnerships are expected to launch. Sortera is partnering with local metal processing companies to deploy a system that will be able to produce 100 million pounds of recycled materials annually.


Building Enclosures, Windows, and Facades

Chicago-based Reflection Window + Wall (RWW) must have seen a lot of potential in the Hoosier state, because they chose us for their newly established subsidiary Ekos Window + Wall (EWW). The new company plans to create up to 112 jobs over the next few years to support the growing operations of its parent company. RWW is an industry leader in the window wall sector and has built many high-profile skyscrapers.

$9.3 million will be invested to establish a new 120,000-square-foot facility in Porter County. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. The company is planning two phases of construction, including the new manufacturing and office space, followed by phase two, which is expected to increase the company’s operations even further, consolidating some production currently taking place outside of the U.S.


Service for Power Tools

A Wisconsin-based global manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools really drilled home the benefits of the Hoosier state when it picked Greenwood for a new facility and more than 450 new jobs. Milwaukee Tool is investing $6.75 million to establish its new service hub after experiencing several years of consistent growth. The 150,000-square-foot facility will house tool repair and warehousing space and will become one of two main service points for users around the nation.



Another Texas-based firm also chose Indiana for growth. Corsicana Mattress Company, a mattress manufacturer, picked La Porte when deciding on where to establish its new Midwest presence. The company plans to create up to 350 new jobs by the end of 2023. Corsicana Mattress now operates 10 production facilities across the United States and ranks among the top of the mattress industry’s largest producers.

Logistics were a primary capability sought by Corsicana Mattress. Officials say the new location will allow for same-day shipping and access to key markets. The company is investing more than $8.6 million to lease and equip its new state-of-the-art, 165,000-square-foot production facility to house its boxed-bed manufacturing divisions.


There’s More

This is by no means an exclusive list of the new manufacturers that have come to Indiana recently. There are quite a few other new ones. Some were startups and some have headquarters in other parts of the world, but they all obviously saw great potential in Indiana that led them to choose our state. Even in trying times like every company has experienced throughout the last year, Indiana still wins for businesses.