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[IEDC] Fourteen Innovative Hoosier Firms Named 2016 Indiana Companies to Watch
Start Date: 8/26/2016Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/26/2016
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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 25, 2016) – The state will honor 14 innovative and entrepreneurial firms as Indiana Companies to Watch tonight in Indianapolis. The companies, which represent Elkhart, Hamilton, Marion, Monroe, Posey, Steuben, St. Joseph, Vigo and Whitley counties, operate in a number of growing Hoosier industries, including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, logistics and tech.

“Today, more Hoosiers are working now than ever before in our state’s 200-year history,” said Governor Mike Pence. “That is a testament to Indiana’s innovators and entrepreneurs like those being honored today who are developing advanced technologies and solving new challenges while creating even more quality jobs for Hoosiers. The state’s initiative to invest $1 billion in Hoosier innovation and entrepreneurship over the next 10 years will build on the incredible momentum of these job creators by dedicating more support and resources to ensure that innovators can launch an idea, grow a business and create jobs in Indiana for years to come.” 

Companies to Watch, which is endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes high-performing, second-stage businesses that are developing innovative products and business practices, contributing to their communities and creating quality jobs for Hoosiers. 
The 2016 Indiana Companies to Watch are: 
Cornerstone Information Systems in Bloomington is a global technology and services provider focused on the travel industry. The company designs, builds and delivers technology for travel companies and corporate buyers, helping partners manage their process and information to drive better decision making.

CuroGens in Carmel is a tech firm that specializes in developing, implementing and supporting custom software solutions that help motor vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks maximize resources, streamline processes and improve customer service.

DemandJump in Indianapolis has built the first Artificial Intelligence Marketing (AIM) Platform that shows marketers exactly where to access untapped traffic sources, outmaneuver their competition, optimize their budget allocation and drive revenue across channels.

Genius Phone Repair offers professional iPhone, iPod, iPad, computer and smartphone repair services at multiple full-service retail locations throughout Michigan and Indiana.

Hoosier Crane Service Company is a family-owned business headquartered in Elkhart. The company services and provides new bridge cranes, overhead crane kits, electric chain hoists, wire rope hoists, parts and accessories., which was founded in Indianapolis in 2012, provides easy-to-use learning automation software for more than 300 companies, helping teams build lessons that are easy to assign, track, search and update, and ensuring their employees have streamlined access to company knowledge, best practices and team policies.

Marion Manufacturing is a women-owned company that offers precision machining and is on the forefront of technology with state-of-the-art, tech-enabled manufacturing equipment and a staff of highly-skilled CNC programmers, machinists and toolmakers. The company has been operating in West Terre Haute since 1996.

Nanovis in Columbia City was founded in 2006 to develop science-enhanced, life-improving technology. The company’s patented regenerative technology platforms provide differentiated surface advantages, such as anti-microbial capabilities, that are used in medical devices such as surgical screws and implants.
Nix Companies in Poseyville is a fifth-generation company that operates three businesses, Nix Metals, Nix Coatings and Nix Equipment, offering a wide variety of services and capabilities for metal fabrication, metal sales, mobile welding, equipment repair, powder coating, painting, heavy equipment refurbishing and industrial coatings.

Prosolia in Indianapolis develops, manufactures and markets life sciences tools that enhance and expand the use of mass spectrometers for translational and preclinical research and chemical analysis. The company, which was founded in 2003, provides innovative sample introduction and surface analysis and systems and intuitive software, which help to reduce workflow complexity and accelerate results with increased cost efficiency.

Sharpen, which is based in Indianapolis, was established in 2011 and provides a cloud native contact center platform for customer experience teams. The platform eliminates costly hardware, increases efficiency and improves customer service.

SMART Temps in Mishawaka provides a patented temperature management system that aids in the management and safekeeping of foods and medical products, such as vaccines, medications and blood. The system monitors more than 14,000 locations, protecting nutrition and healthcare inventory to keep consumers and patients safe.

Spot, which was established in Indianapolis in 2009, utilizes technology to improve the logistics process, providing online and mobile tools that allow customers to quote, book and track freight quickly and efficiently through its MySpot TMS and Carrier Portal.

Torchlite is a woman-owned tech company that helps marketers and other businesses keep up with online marketing activities through its customized and collaborative platform, which combines technology and talent to enable businesses to plan, execute and analyze digital marketing campaigns from a simple, unified dashboard.
Indiana Companies to Watch awardees must be based in Indiana, privately held, have advanced beyond the startup phase, employ six to 150 full-time employees including the owner and have between $150,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or capital from investors or grants. These firms were selected by a panel of judges convened by the state of Indiana, the Indiana Economic Development Foundation and the Edward Lowe Foundation. 

Today’s news comes on the heels of Governor Mike Pence’s recent proposal to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Indiana. The initiative aims to strengthen and accelerate Hoosier innovation through strategic partnerships, advancing the state’s current economic momentum and combating potential threats to growth, such as workforce shortages and the availability of capital. 
About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit 
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Abby Gras (IEDC) – 317.232.8845 or
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Name: Abby Gras
Phone: 317.232.8845
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