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.

Coppes Napanee: Custom Cabinets

As the oldest continuously-operating cabinet maker in the United States, Coppes Napanee has made cabinets for some high-profile customers. John F. Kennedy ordered a Coppes kitchen put into Camp David and the White House during his presidency, and Elvis Presley...

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...

Champion Manufacturing: Alō Infusion Recliner

Patients undergoing treatments like dialysis and chemotherapy often log dozens – if not hundreds – of hours sitting in a chair inside a medical facility. Lauri Waidner, marketing manager at Champion Manufacturing, encourages you to imagine you are one of those...

Fish Lake Organic Berry Patches: Strawberry Jam

Grab a jar of Fritz Miller's Organic Strawberry Jam and read the label. You'll get an instant idea of the type of farmer Fritz is by reading his motto: "Glory in Garden" Hands in dirt, Sun on head, Heart in nature. In 2003, Fritz became one of the first farmers in the...

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...

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...

Forest River: No Boundaries 10.6

There are not many RVs on the market that allow you to drive right up to the river’s edge and set up camp, but Forest River knows No Boundaries. Forest River’s No Boundaries 10.6 doubles as a trailer and a toy hauler. The sleeping area also serves as a garage to store...

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...

Soup of Success: Mittens on a Mission

Try finding a wool sweater at a local second-hand shop you’ll probably be out of luck – and you can blame a local nonprofit for that. For the past six years, Soup of Success has been gobbling up all the wool sweaters they can find and turned them into possibility. Six...

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