Whitley County population increasing due to influx of Zimmer Biomet employees

A population increase in Whitley County has leaders scrambling to keep up.

A stream of new residents from the Caribbean are pouring in, all of them are coming because of Hurricane Maria.

The storms damaged several parts of Puerto Rico including a Zimmer Biomet factory there.

The Warsaw-based company says the damage is going to be so expensive to fix, it’s better to bring the workers to Indiana– Columbia City to be specific.

Leaders have met to formulate plans for resources and job fairs. They also had to have printed materials translated to help the newcomers find doctors, realtors and restaurants.