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March 27th, 2017

Cook Medical receives Indiana Governor’s Half Century Business Award

Bloomington, Ind. – Today Governor Eric Holcomb honored Cook Medical as a 2017 recipient of the Governor’s Half Century Business Award at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. This award is in recognition of the fact that for more than 50 years, Cook has been working to make Indiana a better place – not just for employees, but also for the communities it calls home.

“As Cook has grown over the years, so has our impact on the state of Indiana,” said Pete Yonkman, president of Cook Medical and Cook Group. “But our impact goes well beyond jobs. Our renovation of historic buildings has helped revitalize entire communities, and our partnerships with universities across the state are helping pave the way for the next generation of Indiana leaders and innovators. These are just some of the ways Cook has shown our ongoing commitment to being a vital part of Indiana’s past, present, and future.”

The Governor’s Half Century Business Award celebrates more than just a company’s longevity. While a company must have had its base in Indiana since it was founded and had continuous operations in the state for more than 50 years, this alone isn’t enough. An honoree must have also demonstrated a lasting commitment to serving the community. And since Cook Medical’s founding in 1963, a key part of the business philosophy has been a dedication to giving back to the communities in which it’s established. Today, Cook employs more than 7,000 people throughout the state.

“We’re proud to be recognized by Governor Holcomb for more than 50 years of contributions to the state, and we’re even more excited about what we can help achieve in the next 50 years,” Yonkman continued. “This award gives us the chance to reflect on that responsibility, and to thank all of our employees for their part in helping us earn this recognition. All of the positive contributions Cook has made – in Indiana and beyond – would be impossible without the hard work and dedication of thousands of current and former employees.”

About Cook Medical
Since 1963 Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we are combining medical devices, biologic materials and cellular therapies to help the world’s healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently. We have always remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. Find out more at, and for the latest news, follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.