The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for WishBone Medical’s new corporate headquarters Thursday at 100 Capital Drive, Warsaw. Pictured (L to R) in the front row holding the ribbon are: Scott Wiley, Chamber member relations manager; Doug Hanes, Chamber ambassador; Bob von Seggern, WishBone executive vice president; Mary Wetzel, WishBone chief operations officer; Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer; Nick Deeter, WishBone CEO; U.S. Sen. Todd Young; Indiana State Rep. Craig Snow; Kosciusko County Commissioner Brad Jackson and Chamber CEO and President Rob Parker.  Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for WishBone Medical’s new corporate headquarters Thursday at 100 Capital Drive, Warsaw. Pictured (L to R) in the front row holding the ribbon are: Scott Wiley, Chamber member relations manager; Doug Hanes, Chamber ambassador; Bob von Seggern, WishBone executive vice president; Mary Wetzel, WishBone chief operations officer; Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer; Nick Deeter, WishBone CEO; U.S. Sen. Todd Young; Indiana State Rep. Craig Snow; Kosciusko County Commissioner Brad Jackson and Chamber CEO and President Rob Parker. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.
U.S. Senator Todd Young joined state, county and city officials and the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce Thursday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house of WishBone Medical’s corporate headquarters at 100 Capital Drive, Warsaw.

After the ribbon-cutting, WishBone CEO Nick Deeter welcomed all the dignitaries inside the building and said, “This is our open house. We moved into this building about a year ago and then, because of the COVID pandemic, we sort of lived in it a while and then we didn’t, we all went home, we came back, and so now we’re here full-time and it seems like home and we thank everyone for coming and sharing this event for us.”

Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer said the city was never concerned about whether it was going to help Deeter move into the new building, but how. He said the City Council – represented Thursday by Councilmen Jack Wilhite and Diane Quance – was very interested in helping WishBone.

“We saw the benefit we continue to see in our community. All these busy roads lead to Warsaw when it comes to orthopedics and new products and innovation. That’s what we’re about. The city likes to set the table as far as infrastructure and making sure you have a good home for your business,” Thallemer said. To Deeter he said, “From what I’m hearing, you’ve already filled this home and we’ll have to talk about a bigger building.”

After introducing his mom and dad, Deeter said, “WishBone Medical is actually my 12th company like this that I’ve started over the years. We’re only 4 years old. We don’t look like your typical 4-year-old company. We have 185 employees now worldwide. That’s a big payroll, a little scary at times. We’re growing very rapidly.”

During the pandemic, he said WishBone’s competitor grew at –2% for the year while Wishbone grew 30%. This year, Deeter said WishBone expects to grow 50%.

WishBone makes pediatric orthopedic products.

“Everything we do focuses on helping kids with orthopedic issues. It’s about a $3 billion market. We have all these large orthopedic companies that surround us here, and they don’t pay any attention to the kids’ side of it, but they do lots of wonderful things for adults,” Deeter said.

He said they just focus on kids, from trauma products if a child is in an accident and is injured to deformity correction of the longbone. “We cover the whole gamut. As I like to say, we have products to fix kids from the clavicle to the foot and ankle. Anything you need to fix kids, we do that,” he said.

WishBone distributes to 23 countries outside of the United States. It owns its entire supply chain, with its largest facility in Istanbul, Turkey. Its largest facility in Indiana is in Larwill, Deeter said.

Young then told Deeter “well done” and Thursday’s celebration was a great occasion for a number of reasons.

“For one, I think we all recognize, it’s a beautiful day outside. The economy is opening up. You can just sense, it’s palpable, the optimism that people feel about this state and about the community and more specifically the people here feel about the future of this company. And you should feel it because you’ve been to remarkable places and you’re going to some remarkable places going forward,” Young said.

WishBone is about kids and, as a father of four, he said, “It takes it entirely to another level of excitement and import when you’re providing valuable services and goods to help out children so that they can realize their full human potential. It’s remarkable what the private sector can do to help out our kiddos.”

Young said the children in the United States and around the world need to realize their full human potential and they can’t do that if they’re hampered by physical disabilities.

“So I just want to affirm how important it is that work that many of you are doing and will continue to do here. You should be very proud of it,” he said.

The last thing Young said he wanted to say was, “It’s about being a Hoosier. It’s a great day for Indiana. It’s a great day for this part of Indiana. We have a long tradition of helping out neighbors when they’re down and out. We have a long tradition of families showing up when it’s needed to offer support and encouragement. We have a long tradition of public service and celebrating those who put themselves forward to serve in a public capacity. And we have a long tradition of playing well together, whether it’s the private sector working with government, working with not-for-profits, members of the media. We seem to get how it’s done in the state of Indiana and to make it work.”

He said he supposed it was possible another company like WishBone could thrive in another geography, but it wasn’t probable.

“There’s a reason this company WishBone is located in Indiana. It’s because we’re full of great people. We have a tradition we should be proud of. We’ve cultivated the muscle memory of accomplishing great things together and I really want to celebrate that teamwork here,” Young said.