Marshall County business modifies equipment to produce a critical medical supply to protect first responders


PLYMOUTH – Joining the ranks of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers, Nishikawa Cooper LLC. (NISCO), a full-service supplier of automotive OEM dynamic sealing systems in Marshall County, Indiana, has allocated resources and started producing and distributing a polyethylene isolation gown to help first responders stay safe in COVID-19 situations.

At their manufacturing facility in Marshall County, NISCO owns five multi-function laser cutters that are also commonly used in the garment industry. In the company’s normal day-to-day operations the cutters are part of the process of producing their vehicle door sound dampening products.

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) reported that it only took NISCO less than a week to design and begin production. Gowns are continuing to be manufactured and distributed to Indiana first responders daily. NISCO has already produced enough new gowns to distribute to every fire department in Marshall County.

“This is tremendous,” commented Scott Ford, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the University of Notre Dame. “The example offers a ray of hope in these trying times. NISCO’s leadership provides a ‘proof-of-concept’ that will be so helpful in recruiting additional manufacturers to consider a similar path.”

“The re-engineering that NISCO’s pulled off is more than just genius… it’s a terrific example of who we are in Marshall County, Indiana” added Jerry Chavez, President & CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation.