Goodwill / Cook Partnership
N. Sheridan & 38th Street Project
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Pre-Job Fair | April 10, 1-3 p.m.
Pre-Register: Job Fair | April 17, 1-3 p.m.
A new medical device manufacturing facility isn’t just bringing 100 new jobs to Indianapolis—the site will also boost the economy with a goal of contracting with 100% local minority-owned construction companies. Harmon Construction, a third-generation family-owned contractor, was named the general contractor. Additionally, contractors with Harmon are 97% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and 100% XBE (any combination of Women-, Veteran-, Disability-, and Minority-owned Business Enterprises) certified by either the state of Indiana or the city of Indianapolis.
“Harmon Construction is honored to be the leader of this minority constructed project,” said Bill Harmon, president of Harmon Construction. “Our team looks forward to providing Cook with a positive construction experience, building not only a facility but a long-term relationship. Harmon, alongside Cook, is committed to African American businesses and workforce that we know will shine on the 38th street project.”
Pre-Job Fair | April 10, 1-3 p.m.
Job Fair | April 17, 1-3 p.m.
About the Project
Cook Medical is partnering with Goodwill Commercial Services to build a manufacturing facility at the northwest corner of 38th Street and Sheridan Avenue in Indianapolis.
With this new location in Indianapolis, the project will bring 100 jobs to the community with the goal of hiring residents within the surrounding neighborhood. These jobs will be skilled manufacturing geared towards long-term employment and career fulfillment.
Goodwill will provide employees with wrap-around services for those who need them, including mental and physical health support, substance abuse support, soft skills training, and housing stabilization.
Through this partnership, employees will also have access to free education from a high school diploma all the way up to a master’s degree.
Cook is purchasing the property and donating it to the project, and Goodwill will manage the facility’s operation. The site will be registered as a medical device manufacturer with the FDA. The products to be manufactured include introducers, sheaths, drainage catheters, and needles.
The goal is for 100% of construction to be performed by local minority-owned businesses. The Central Indiana Community Foundation will own the facility on behalf of the community, allowing for excess funds to be used for community development.
The facility will be a quality design that will fit into the community.
“Equity begins with intention. With the construction of this facility, we are making a statement that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed—regardless of skin color. This is an investment so that our community can become more self-sufficient and begin to thrive.”
A Bit of a Homecoming
When you write an article about Riana Dozier, your hope is that you can accurately convey at least a small portion of the passion, positivity, and energy she exudes during the interview. (Somehow she makes algebra sound fun!) It almost feels like an injustice to only get to experience her personality through printed words.
Riana’s obviously in a good spot in her life. She is literally starting her career in a field—engineering—she has been consumed by since her senior year of high school at Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in Indianapolis.
She went on to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton, graduating in the fall of 2019. But just as she was really revving up her job search in early 2020, the pandemic hit. It wasn’t until January 2021, that she finally was able to get her foot in the engineering door, when she was hired as a manufacturing engineer for Goodwill Commercial Services. Riana is currently working at Goodwill’s facility at 413 N. Tremont Street. The plan is for her to shift to Goodwill’s new manufacturing site at 38th and Sheridan when it is completed this fall.
It will be a bit of a homecoming for her.
“I went to high school up there on 38th and Meadows—not too far from where we are building the new location,” Riana said. “And my grandparents live up on 38th and Emerson, so right up the street. I’ve been on this side of the neighborhood most of my life.”
The new facility will produce medical devices for Bloomington-based Cook Medical.
Before the building opens, Riana will be part of the team designing the setup of the production areas to maximize workflow and making sure operating instructions for machinery are accurate and in place. Once the facility is up and running, her days will be spent keeping that machinery working and tackling any issues related to productivity and worker safety and comfort.
Not surprisingly, for someone who had to delay the start of their career for almost a year, she is excited and raring to go. Add in the fact that Riana is doing a job she loves and will soon get to do it in a place that has meant so much to her, and you can understand why she is almost overflowing with passion and positivity.
“I am excited—especially for the neighborhood,” she said. “I am excited to see it transform. I am excited to see the opportunities, and the job opportunities, that it is bringing to the people in our community. I am excited to be a part of this—from the ground up. It is a blessing.”
Once complete, the facility will employee 100 people to manufacture medical devices as a supplier to Cook Medical. Our intent is to prioritize hiring members of the local community.
Job seekers should apply through Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.