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OrthoWorx Urges Warsaw's Inclusion on High-Speed Rail Corridor Connecting Chicago and Cleveland
Date:12/15/2009

WARSAW, Ind., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- OrthoWorx, the newly formed industry, community and education initiative to advance and support the orthopedics device sector in Kosciusko County, is working to connect the orthopedics capital of the world to major cities like Chicago and Cleveland via high-speed rail.

In a September report, Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World -- An overview, analysis and blueprint for future industry and community growth, BioCrossroads, the statewide initiative to grow Indiana's unique life sciences assets, noted both opportunities and "unique challenges" caused by the concentration of nearly one-third of the world's orthopedics industry in Warsaw, a community that is "isolated geographically." The report recommended transportation and logistics as an early focus for action by OrthoWorx.

Today, driven by the immediacy of current federal and state efforts to identify optimal high-speed rail corridors throughout the Midwest, the OrthoWorx Board of Directors resolved to pursue a concerted effort to connect Warsaw to major metropolitan areas like Chicago through the emerging high speed rail system. Better and faster transportation of products, customers and employees is critical to the success of the highly concentrated Warsaw-based orthopedics sector, home to dozens of orthopedics device enterprises collectively earning more than $11 billion in annual revenues.

"Connecting Warsaw to the rest of the world is vitally important to the growth of our orthopedics sector and having a high-speed rail line across the Northern Indiana corridor will be a significant boost to our companies and the community," said David Floyd, president of DePuy Orthopaedics and chair of the OrthoWorx transportation and logistics initiative. "Warsaw is the major center of economic activity in the northern half of the state and a high-speed rail network providing an efficient connection to
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