Milestone Award

Milestone Awards honor businesses in our region that have bolstered their foundations by remaining here and helping propel our economic development momentum. As we are catching up on our award ceremonies, these milestones have been reached between 2018 and 2021.

10 Years

  • Current Midwest

  • Hearthside Food Solutions

  • JMJ Staffing and Talent Solutions

  • Mikropor America Inc.

  • Shady Creek Winery

  • Williams National Lease

15 Years

  • PowerDrive LLC

20 Years

  • Dekker Vacuum Technologies

  • Stauffer Glove & Safety

30 Years

  • CLH, CPAs & Consultants

  • Marquiss Electric Inc.

  • Packaging Group

90 Years


Our Special Milestone Awardees

25 Years

  • Central States Manufacturing Inc.

  • Diamond Manufacturing Co.

  • Fas-Pak Inc.

  • Harbour Trust

  • Midwest Wheelcoaters

  • Ocularist Ltd.

  • Shady Creek Winery

  • TT Machining & Fabricating

50 Years

  • Paladin (Michiana Resources)

  • Reprographic Arts Inc.

75 Years

  • Guardian Couplings

  • Sanlo: a CWI company

  • Woodruff & Sons Inc.

100 Years

  • Blocksom & Co.

  • Midtown Barbers

  • Peters & Marske

  • Tonn and Blank Construction

Investment Award

Investment Awards are in recognition of companies that have continued to invest in Michigan City and beyond and provide valuable contributions to our economic development.


  • Big Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Car Wash

  • Centier Bank

  • Fiber Bond Corp.

  • Holiday Inn Express

  • Mulhern Belting


  • FLUID Coffee Roasters

  • Marbach America Inc.

  • Mikropor America Inc.

  • Sanlo: a CWI company

  • Shell Catalysts & Technologies

  • Tempesta Media LLC


  • Bosak Honda

  • Harbour Trust

  • James Burg Trucking Company

  • Midwest Metal Products

  • PHM Brands/Viobin

  • Shady Creek Winery


  • Uptown Social
  • Northwest Health

Project of the Year

These are selected based on Capital Investment, Employment, and Community Impact.

Check out these projects in pictures by clicking here.


  • GAF

  • Franciscan Health Michigan City


  • Sullair LLC – a Hitachi Group

  • Blue Chip Hotel, Casino & Spa


  • Hearthside Food Solutions


  • Aquagenics Technology

Phoenix Award – Real Estate Reuse

Our three award winners have reinvented a space or existing facility in Michigan City to spur a momentous transformation that has had compelling impact on the community. The “rising-from-the-ashes” reinventions have resulted in new investment in their businesses, new jobs and an enhanced product or service.

See their transformations by clicking here.

Leeds Public House

The restaurant at the corner of Fourth and Franklin streets reinvented the spot with indoor and outdoor seating and an energetic vibe. The restaurant took its name from the original moniker that still graces the top of the building. Brunch, lunch, dinner, seasonal dishes and specialty cocktails are on the menu with a side of community impact through the team’s give-back program that supports nonprofits: Leeds Project Heart.

Zorn Brew Works

The brewery has been revived after decades of sitting idle. It was originally launched by Philip Zorn Jr. in 1871. A brewer’s son, Philip used a spring-fed well to produce an iconic brand of beer until closing in 1938. After 79 years of waiting to be reborn, the Zorn Brew Works taproom is now in the former carriage house on the grounds of the historic brewery.

Barrelhouse at Zorn

The rejuvenation of the Zorn campus continued when the Barrelhouse at Zorn was added to the Zorn Brew Works campus. It is a restored and renovated venue for events and weddings that includes a bridal suite, private dining room, bar and outdoor patio. The design is modern and industrial and includes original pieces, such as brickwork, beams and floors.

Leadership Award for Economic Development

Our two honorees have impacted economic development through their service to quality of life in our communities. This award recognizes individuals who have boosted economic development in a manner that is vital to how our city has evolved as well as showcased a sense of community. We appreciate their commitment to building a foundation for our future generations!

Click on their names for their full bios and backgrounds.

Environmental steward

Michigan City Chief of Police

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Development

Our six honorees all have established a path toward elevated economic development through their passion for our communities in Michigan City and LaPorte County over the course of their careers. They have all served in various sectors and blazed their way as visionaries who have not only led but also mentored those in our communities. We are grateful for their lasting imprint on our economic growth!

Click on their names for their full bios and backgrounds.

State Representative since 2018, Former EDCMC Board Member, Former City Council Member

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Bank

Former EDCMC Board Member

Dage-MTI and former EDCMC Board Member

Former Michigan City Mayor and one of the EDCMC creators

Former Michigan City Mayor