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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?

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The product is made in Elkhart County.

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The product showcases the innovation and entrepreneurship of Elkhart County.

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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...

Electric Brew: Bald Brothers Coffee

Many people who step into the Electric Brew in Goshen are unaware of the magic happening in the coffee shop’s basement. Owner Myron Bontrager began roasting coffee in 2008, just before the recession hit. He invested $4,000 in a used roaster – a gamble that ended up...

Gillette Generators: 800kW commercial generator

Imagine being in the middle of open-heart surgery, and the power suddenly goes out. It sounds like a deadly situation, but it doesn’t need to be – at least not with a powerful back-up generator installed. Gillette Generators is in the business of keeping business...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Embassy Specialty Vehicles: The CUBE

An Elkhart-based RV manufacture is putting a new spin (literally) on career- and college-readiness. It all started when Renee Cocanower, director of secondary education at Concord Community Schools, started thinking about building a new facility on the Concord campus...

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