A startup in downtown Evansville, founded by former Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) employees, is eyeing additional growth. Envolve Engineering LLC plans to add about one dozen workers by the end of next year. You can read more about the company at Envolve's website.

July 24, 2013

News Release

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Evansville's newest engineering firm, Envolve Engineering, LLC recently opened its doors at Innovation Pointe in Downtown Evansville with the support of the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, the Economic Development Coalition of SW Indiana, and the City of Evansville. Envolve Engineering is led by a group of local professionals with more than 68 years of combined experience in the automotive and consumer goods industries.

Envolve's Technical Leader, Pat Boarman stated, “Our Design Engineering Company became a reality with the help of Evansville's various business support groups. The tri-state area has a wealth of professional talent. Our business model simply links local talent with customers from a global market.”

Employment at Envolve Engineering is expected to reach 8-10 professionals in the first six months of business. Growth is expected through 2014 as Envolve's capabilities compliment other regional employers well. Services provided by Envolve include:

-3D component modeling & print detailing

-Plastic part design (injection mold, extrusion, thermoforming & specialty molding)

-Metal part design (sheet metal, die casting, powdered metal & other)

-Electromechanical and electronic assemblies (solenoids, motors, controllers & wiring)

-Software and control algorithm development

“I commend the ingenuity and commitment of the talented group of engineers who made the decision to stay in Evansville and start their own company when Whirlpool ceased production and closed its product design center,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “With assistance of our local economic development team, Envolve Engineering, LLC is well positioned for growth as it seeks to do design work for a variety of national and international clients.”

Envolve Engineering is located on the 5th floor of Innovation Pointe; Evansville's premier business incubator in Downtown Evansville. “Evansville is fortunate to have an asset like Innovation Pointe that can be used to help launch new, technology-based companies like Envolve Engineering,” said Growth Alliance president, Debbie Dewey.

“As talent is a critical driver to grow an economy, we were looking at how to leverage the tremendous wealth of talent from the former Whirlpool Product Development Center,” said Greg Wathen, president & CEO for the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. “The team at Envolve Engineering represents the very best in global refrigeration and appliance design and we're ecstatic to keep such individuals in Southwest Indiana.”

Source: Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville

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