STATEHOUSE – State Representative Peggy Mayfield (R- Martinsville) coauthored a House resolution Monday recognizing Cook Group Inc. and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding.
“The story behind the company’s beginnings is an inspiring example of the entrepreneurial pioneering spirit known as the American Dream and Cook Medical reminds us that it is alive and well,” said Rep. Mayfield. “It was an honor to recognize the efforts of Bill and Gayle Cook yesterday.”
Cook Inc. was founded in 1963 in the spare bedroom of the late Bill and Gayle Cook’s apartment. The company grew to be the world’s largest family-owned medical device manufacturer, evolving from a single manufacturing specialty to now distributing more than 16,000 products throughout 135 countries.
The company became the first business to introduce the Seldinger technique, which used a matched set of needle, wire guide and catheter to perform the percutaneous vascular entry procedure. Revolutionizing the medical science of interventional medicine, the nonsurgical technique almost eliminated exploratory surgery and opened new ways for physicians to diagnose and treat patients in the most minimally invasive manner –reducing trauma to them.
Through Cook technologies, Cook Medical, and Cook Group companies, patient needs continue to be placed above all by pursuing new medical advances to improve and help people live healthier lives. In doing so, the company has grown continually for 50 years in revenue, expanding from two employees to 11,000 worldwide.
“It was an honor to recognize the Cook Group this afternoon,” said Rep. Peggy Mayfield. “This company has done so much to help catapult Indiana economically by continuing to grow and gainfully employ Hoosiers across the state.”
Visit www.in.gov/legislative for more information about House Concurrent Resolution 37 or visit www.cookgroup.com for more information about Cook Group.