The LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. has released case studies of five businesses in different sectors. EDC President Keith Gillenwater says the reports highlight benefits of locating to the area and help existing companies market themselves. You can view full details of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. case studies by clicking here.

April 17, 2014

News Release

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. – The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) announced today 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 who have been assisted by the LCEDC, and are featured on the website. 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

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

-Mudd-Ox – a manufacturer of unique 6 and 8 wheeled and tracked specialty ATV’s 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 & 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.

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 amongst 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 and growing existing businesses and at 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

About the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation

The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, established in 2009, is a 501(c) 3 corporation designed to assist business development needs. The LCEDC partners with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to attract, retain, and develop new businesses and entrepreneurs in LaGrange County and its communities. For more information about the LaGrange County EDC, please visit or call at 260.499.4994.

Source: The LaGrange County Economic Development Corp.

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