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Community engagement

When companies and communities work together, everyone is lifted. Our founder, Bill Cook, made it his mission to make sure we truly partnered with the communities we are part of. That legacy of service lives on today, championed by Pete Yonkman, Cook Medical’s president.

It’s possible to do good business and do good in the community too.
Pete Yonkman – President, Cook Medical

Removing barriers and building partnerships

We’ve partnered with several community organizations to hire a diverse team and provide jobs in light manufacturing or service work. We have also co-led efforts to develop solutions for vulnerable populations in our community, particularly those who have substantial barriers to achieving their full potential.

Michael McFarland and Marckus Williams – owners and operators of the Indy Fresh Market - celebrate with their family and Pete Yonkman at the groundbreaking of Indy Fresh Market.Michael McFarland and Marckus Williams – owners and operators of the Indy Fresh Market – celebrate with their family and Pete Yonkman at the groundbreaking of Indy Fresh Market.
The new manufacturing facility at 38th and Sheridan opened in May 2022.
The new manufacturing facility at 38th and Sheridan in Indianapolis opened in May 2022.


  • Cook partnered with Goodwill to start their Commercial Services Center in Bloomington, Indiana, which currently has 30+ employees with plans to expand further.
  • Read this article about our ongoing partnership with Goodwill.
  • Cook Medical, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, The Indianapolis Foundation, IMPACT Central Indiana, and the United Northeast Community Development Corporation partnered to build a medical device manufacturing facility at 38th Street and Sheridan Avenue in Northeast Indianapolis. Completed in May 2022, the facility is staffing up and will employ 100 people, most of whom live nearby.
  • Because that neighborhood is considered a food desert, the 38th and Sheridan project is expanding to include a new full-service grocery store that will be constructed near the manufacturing facility. Cook is partnering with two members of the community that will run the business with a lease-to-own model. Not only will the store provide additional jobs and future educational opportunities for residents, but it will also bring a much-needed food source to the community.


  • Cook partners with RecycleForce to offer free electronic recycling days for the Bloomington, Indiana, community. RecycleForce employs people who were previously incarcerated.
  • RecycleForce processes 209,000 pounds of recycling and serves more than 400 individuals each year.
Employees from Big Boys Moving helping with our annual Recycle Day
Employees from Big Boys Moving are shown above helping with our annual Recycle Day.

Big Boys Moving

  • Big Boys Moving is a Bloomington, Indiana-based company with the motto of “moving you with an attitude of gratitude.” The black-owned business was started to help previously incarcerated people “re-invent” themselves by providing work, wraparound services, and the ability to give back to the community.
  • Cook contracts with Big Boys Moving to provide work opportunities—such as office furniture and equipment moving, cardboard recycling, landscaping, and car detailing—to Big Boys Moving employees in support of their mission.
Watch this video to learn more about our partnership with Stone Belt.

Stone Belt

  • We partner with Stone Belt, an organization that helps individuals with mental and physical disabilities lead fulfilling lives by providing light contracting work for their clients. In 2019, Stone Belt employed 75 people with disabilities, and they supplied Cook with more than 5 million units.

Stride Coalition

  • Cook co-founded the Stride Coalition and helped raise 2 million dollars for the opening of the Stride Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
  • The Stride Center, founded in 2020, works to deescalate people experiencing substance use or mental health crisis.
  • The Center focuses on connecting guests with care, support, and community resources to provide alternatives to hospitalization or imprisonment.
  • To date, the Stride Center has hosted 2,053 individual visits.
  • Visit for more information.
Stride Coalition
Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Medical, and Bloomington, Indiana community leaders are shown above at the ribbon-cutting of the Stride Center.