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Western Indiana's largest employers.

COLUMBIA HOUSE CO. Terre Haute; Emp.: 2,400

Established in 1956 to test what was then a novel music-marketing idea, Columbia House has grown to be one of the to two major audio and video clubs in the country, boasting millions of members. At its 600,000-square-foot facility, the company deals with tens of thousands of daily phone calls and about six tons of mail weekly. Together with its 300-employee clerical facility in Bloomington, Columbia House has a payroll of about $50 million.


This university was founded in 1865 as a training school for teachers and enrolled its first 21 students five years later. Today, students at the 90-acre campus come from all 92 Indiana counties, 48 states and territories and 71 foreign countries, and have more than 200 degree programs to choose from in seven schools and colleges. Included in the programs are geography, geology, life sciences, theater, business, athletic training, nursing and computer-aided manufacturing technology.

UNION HOSPITAL Terre Haunte; Emp.: 1,950

Founded in 1892, Union Hospital is a 343-bed not-for-profit regional referral center that specializes in comprehensive cancer, obstetrics, occupational health, emergency services and a full range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The Midwest Center for Rural Health trains family-practice physicians to practice in rural areas. One of only eight accredited programs in the United States, it is the only one in the Midwest. Construction to bring the Family Practice Center and the Midwest Center for Rural Health under one roof is expected to be completed in 1994. The Ambulatory Surgery Center and Hook Rehabilitation Center also reside at Union.


This company has three facilities in Terre Haute: the main box plant, the mill division and the corporate headquarters. Other divisions and facilities are scattered around the Midwest. The mill division manufacturers the corrugated medium that goes into the boxes made at the nearby box plant. This company was--and still is--incorporated in Ohio in 1893, but moved its headquarters to the Walbash Valley in the early 1900s.

GREAT DANE TRAILERS Brazil; Emp.: 1,450

Since this Savannah, Ga.-based company built its plant in 1975, employees in Brazil have made dry-freight and refrigerated trailers. Starting earlier this year, domestic containers were added to its list of products. These containers are made without--but can be fitted to--chasis. They can be loaded two high on railroad cars.


Since being built by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co. in 1970, this facility has grown to be the company's largest bulk-manufacturing facility. At its 140-acre, 85-building site, Clinton Laboratories makes antibiotics such as Ceclor, Keftabl and Lorabid, as well as animal-health products such as Montban, Rumensin and Tylan.

DIGITAL AUDIO DISC CORP. Terre Haute; Emp.: 1,200

This subsidiary of Sony was launched a decade ago when few people had ever heard of compact discs. Now, the plant produces millions and millions of CDs every month, and is the largest CD manufacturer in the country. While CDs first were used for the reproduction of music, the explosion of CD-ROM technology has yielded significant new business for DADC. In addition to compact discs, the company also makes laser videodiscs and mini discs in Terre Haute.


With 274 beds, some of Terre Haute Regional Hospital's specialities include cardiology, oncology, skilled nursing, ambulatory surgery and substance abuse. With an emphasis on making this 14-year-old acute-care and speciality hospital more user-friendly, Terre Haute Regional completed a $5 million expansion last year. In June, the hospital opened Continental Rehabilitation Hospital of Terre Haute, a 60-bed, joint-venture physical-rehabilitation hospital.

BEMIS CO. FILM DIVISION Terre Haute; Emp.: 815

The largest polyethylene plant under one roof resides in the Wabash Valley. With its recent 220,000-sdquare-foot expansion, Bemis Co. now has 700,000 square feet to house its extrusion, printing and converting processes. The company, which started out making gunny sacks in St. Louis in 1858, now makes trash-can liners; mattress; potato, onion and ice bags; and the film that packages soft-drink cans, toilet paper, bread and candy, among other items.

WAL-MART Greencastle; Emp.: 700

The nation's largest retailer opened up a 1,000,000-square-foot distribution center in Putnam County a couple of years ago. Though the company already operated a similar-sized distribution center in Seymour, its explosive growth allowed it to open the Greencastle center as well. Inside the giant facility, which serves scores of stores, one could fit roughly 20 football fields.
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Date:Oct 1, 1993
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