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Verbatim: Fort Wayne business honored as a 'Company to Watch'

A report received Wednesday morning:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 17, 2013) - A company from Allen County has earned a place in Indiana's sixth annual field of 'Companies to Watch.'

The local company to be honored is Fort Wayne-based Protective Coatings, Inc., a manufacturer of rubber lined steel pipe, tanks and other equipment to handle corrosive and abrasive materials.

"The entrepreneurial spirit soars in this year's class of 'Companies to Watch,'" said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "With the spark of a great idea, the ingenuity to develop solutions and the determination to achieve greatness, these companies demonstrate what it takes to stand out in the marketplace. Because we offer a low-tax climate with a skilled workforce, companies of all sizes know that they can exercise a competitive advantage in Indiana, a state that works for business."

The accolade, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Small Business Development Center network and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes the state's privately held businesses that employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

The 33 'Companies to Watch' from 14 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 300 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety.

The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $422 million and create more than 345 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $218 million or 36 percent from 2012.

With major sponsorship from Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, the 'Companies to Watch' awards program is an initiative developed by the Cassopolis, Mich.-based Edward Lowe Foundation. The foundation licenses similar programs in other states. The program is also sponsored in part by Katz Sapper & Miller, KeyBank, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College.

The 33 'Companies to Watch' will be honored at an Aug. 22 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are still available and may be purchased online at www.inctw.org or by calling 888.472.3244.

Complete List of Companies to Watch Honorees:

Company

City

Primary Business

AIT Bioscience

Indianapolis

Scientific Research and Development

American Ultraviolet

Lebanon

Manufacturing

AndyMark, Inc.

Kokomo

Manufacturing

ATC Trailers

Nappanee

Manufacturing

Bastian Automation Engineering

Greenfield

Manufacturing

Clinical Architecture

Carmel

Information Technology

Complexus Medical

Mishawaka

Manufacturing

Construct Solutions, Inc.

Indianapolis

Construction

DECA Financial Services

Fishers

Other Services

Diverse Staffing, Inc.

Indianapolis

Administrative and Support Services

Emerging Threats

Lafayette

Information Technology

EmNet, LLC

South Bend

Information Technology

Envisage Technologies

Bloomington

Information Technology

Fanimation, Inc.

Zionsville

Manufacturing

FRATCO, Inc.

Francesville

Manufacturing

IBC Coatings Technologies, Inc.

Lebanon

Manufacturing

Integrative Flavors

Michigan City

Manufacturing

Kessler Crane, Inc.

Plymouth

Manufacturing

Kinetech

Indianapolis

Manufacturing

Milestone Advisors

Indianapolis

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services

Net Irrigate

Bloomington

Manufacturing

netlogx, LLC

Indianapolis

Information Technology

Nexxt Spine, LLC

Noblesville

Health Care and Social Assistance

Novia CareClinics

Indianapolis

Health Care and Social Assistance

Phoenix Data Corporation

Indianapolis

Information Technology

Protective Coatings, Inc.

Fort Wayne

Manufacturing

Royal Excursion

Mishawaka

Transportation and Warehousing

Sportula Products

Warsaw

Retail Trade

StrataShops

Elkhart

Retail Trade

Summers Plumbing Heating & Coating

Noblesville

Retail Trade

TinderBox

Indianapolis

Information Technology

Tyson Onsite

Indianapolis

Construction

Union Station Technology Center

South Bend

Information Technology

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