Congratulations to SonSetLink™ Water Monitors!

A small nonprofit in Elkhart has solved a problem that even Google — with a $5 million grant — couldn’t fix: Keeping clean water flowing in some of the world’s most remote areas.
“It’s taken God’s grace and perseverance,” said Cody Hall, a mechanical engineer who helped develop the SonSetLink™ Water Monitor.
With nearly 1,000 votes, the SonSetLink Water Monitor was named the 2020 Coolest Thing Made in Elkhart County.
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A well-crafted community

Elkhart County is filled with a creative spirit that is unsinkable. The business owners here have the ability to dream, take chances and innovate. Our people are optimistic, resourceful, curious and adventurous.

Elkhart County is a place to get inspired and to connect and collaborate with like-minded creatives. It’s a place where quality craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration results in a well-crafted life.

Our county is a destination where you can immerse yourself in the maker’s stories from the past and those being written right now. We make things in Elkhart County — cool things.

What makes the coolest thing?


The product is made in Elkhart County.


The product showcases the innovation and entrepreneurship of Elkhart County.


The product is something special, a little different or just plain cool.

Rick and Cheri Hage: Oodles of Pincushions

The Finger Pincushions Rick and Cheri Hage produce in their home may be tiny enough to fit inside a small antique cupboard in their living room, but they have made a big ripple in the sewing community. Inside this cupboard are supplies they need to create those tiny...

BRB Designs: VertiYak

Even with the largest RVs, it can be like playing a game of Tetris fitting everything needed for a camping trip: grill, fishing poles, camp chairs, bicycles. And fitting a few kayaks inside? Forget it. Rod and Dreama Yohn, camping and paddling enthusiasts from...

Conn-Selmer, Inc.: Vincent Bach Trumpets

More than a century ago, Vincent Bach needed to replace a defective mouthpiece on his instrument and started experimenting with new designs and processes. Many of his hand drawings are now preserved in a factory on Industrial Parkway in Elkhart, where all Vincent Bach...

Wieland Designs: SIXINCH® USA Furniture

Wieland Designs, through its sub-brand SIXINCH® USA, is transforming foam buns into innovative and high-fashion furniture installed in locations such as Google, Apple, SXSW, and Machine Gun Kelly’s 27 Club. SIXINCH furniture was founded by two Belgians who were...

SonSet Solutions: SonSetLink™ Water Monitor

When Cody Hall, a mechanical engineer from Elkhart, visited Malawi on a mission trip, there was a single phrase that stuck with him: “Madzi ndi moyo.” It means “water is life.” “This is not water for shaving. This isn’t water for washing your motorcycle,” Cody said....

Janus Motorcycles: Halcyon 250

A team of just 15 people operating out of an old laundromat in downtown Goshen has built a product so impressive that it has attracted the attention from Jay Leno, the White House, the New York Times and Google – just to name a few. Janus Motorcycles was born in 2011...

Guac N’ Squat: Local guacamole

 The first time someone told Johan Vazquez he should sell homemade guacamole that he brought to a get-together, he was stunned. “I laughed and asked, ‘What do you mean? It’s just guac’,” he said. “But over time, people kept telling me, ‘You have some killer guac’.”...

Gen-Y Hitches: Patented Torsion Hitches

If it’s possible to be too cool, Gen-Y Hitch may be there. What was created out of a necessity has garnered an almost-cult following around an adjustable hitch. Carl Borkholder is the founder of Gen-Y Hitch. He used to own a tree service company and found that with...

Carved: Live Edge phone cases

Carved turns a deformity into something rare and beautiful. The business, tucked into a 100-year-old former dress factory in Elkhart, has been making wood phone cases for the past seven years. Through much trial and error and fueled by curiosity and tenacity, Carved...

Viewrail: FLIGHT Floating Stairs

Although open-concept floor plans have become increasingly popular over the past few decades, staircases in most homes haven’t changed much. “They’re still just drywall tunnels that take you from one floor to another,” said Len Morris, the owner and visionary behind a...

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