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Orthopedics startup to create 25 Columbia City jobs

An orthopedics industry veteran is investing $600,000 to launch a startup in Columbia City. Plans call for creating up to 25 jobs by 2016.

William Smith plans to open Blue M Medical LLC, a custom medical devices maker, after Jan. 1.

The operation will offer design, engineering and quality control services to orthopedic devices manufacturers from a renovated former office building at 350 N. Oak St. The workforce will be five to seven to start.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Blue M Medical up to $250,000 in conditional tax credits based on its job creation plans. Whitley County and Columbia City also have offered the company incentives.

Blue M Medical joins Micropulse Inc., Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc., and Sound Ideas as Whitley County-based companies involved in the medical device sector announcing job creation and investment plans during 2013.