“We just appreciate the support of the community,” Mary Baker said. “It’s great to be able to do something you love, and to receive recognition.”
The growth in the business has surprised more than a few people.
The seed which grew AndyMark sprouted in the late 1990s, well before Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education became the buzz in education circles. Kokomo, with a host of highly trained engineers working for Delphi Electronics & Safety and for Chrysler, was an early entrant into the FIRST competitions.
AndyMark “levels the playing field” for school robotics teams, Koors said, by making the parts needed for a competitive robot affordable to the teams. In the early days of the competitions, the best teams had a huge technology advantage, but the availability of AndyMark-designed parts and systems, along with the over-the-phone help AndyMark offers customers, has helped lift all of the teams.
Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said the company has become a true source of pride for the city.
“It’s probably more important than most people realize,” Goodnight said of the IEDC award. “It’s two people who have branched out and started their own business, and continued to show growth year after year. These are the kind of local startup companies we’ve envisioned having in this community.”
The Companies to Watch accolade, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Small Business Development Center network and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes the state's privately held businesses that employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital. The 33 'Companies to Watch' from 14 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 300 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety. The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $422 million and create more than 345 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $218 million or 36 percent from 2012.