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2 Whitley Co. companies expand

ChromaSource, Red Star add jobs

Homeowners choosing between pool blue and tame teal for their dining room walls can thank a Columbia City company for making the decision a little easier.

Not only are many paint retailers’ color samples made in northeast Indiana, but ChromaSource is expanding so it can crank out more of them.

It’s one of two Whitley County companies making investments, officials announced Tuesday.

ChromaSource is spending $1.1 million on new equipment and adding 12 jobs by next year to its existing workforce of 110.

The Columbia City company at 2433 S. County Road 600 East makes color systems and color cards, such as those used by customers to choose the ideal hue for their kitchens and bedrooms.

CEO Jason Brooks said the company is adding production equipment in its 200,000-square-foot operation to meet increased customer demand.

“We are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our position within the color sampling industry,” he said in a statement.

Tom Western, chairman of the Whitley County Council, said in a statement that ChromaSource has demonstrated that companies in northeast Indiana can compete globally.

Also, Red Star Manufacturing Inc., a Larwill-based company, is investing $180,000 to buy equipment and expand its manufacturing floor by about 1,200 square feet.

The company, a contract manufacturer of insert injection molds for the medical device industry, expects to add one full-time and one part-time employee by fall to its staff of seven.

Red Star, 1560 N. Indiana 5, works with companies that need prototypes or low-volume production.

Scott Werstler, Red Star’s president, said the company is focused on vertical integration, a strategy that involves buying suppliers and/or distributors to control more than one link in the production chain, improve efficiency and save money, according to

“We are committed to staying at the leading edge of technology and quality assurance,” Werstler said in a statement.

The Whitley County Council on Tuesday approved tax phase-ins for both projects.