Northeast Indiana Shows Off Why It’s The World’s Center for Orthopedic Devices

warsawNortheast Indiana, with its largest city being Fort Wayne (seen above), may strike many as mostly a land of corn fields. Even driving through these parts, a passerby may not realize this is a major hub for medical device manufacturing. Warsaw, Indiana, a short drive from Fort Wayne, is known as “The Orthopedic Capital”. Most of the orthopedic implants used in the United States, such as hips, knees, plates, and screws, are manufactured within this corner of Indiana. Northeast Indiana is responsible for the majority of the world’s hips and knees, so if you have one, it’s probably made by a few very experienced machinists who call this area home. We were invited by Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, an economic development group, to visit companies that are great examples of the craftsmanship going on in this part of the Midwest and to learn why they decided to locate here.

The ortho industry in Warsaw began in 1895 when Revra DePuy founded DePuy Manufacturing to produce fiber splints. In 1927, an employee of Mr. DePuy, Justin O. Zimmer, founded his own splint manufacturing firm in Warsaw to build aluminum splints. The companies that carry these men’s names are still in Warsaw, but now they’re huge multi-national firms that sell knees, hips, and all kinds of other devices.

By Medgadget


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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