Pulaski County’s largest employer is forging a partnership with another leading mobility business in an effort to reach a growing market share. Braun Corporation officials announced what’s described as a “substantial investment” in Brazil-based FOCA Controles de Acessos Ltda. The company is a leading provider of access control systems, turnstiles and urban bus lifts used for accessible public transportation. Braun is a worldwide leader in wheelchair lifts. Company officials say the partnership will establish an extensive and powerful line of wheelchair lifts to serve the rapidly growing accessible transportation market in Brazil and throughout Latin America. Braun Corporation President Nick Gutwein said in a statement, “We are enthused about this opportunity to partner with FOCA to further improve the lives of people with physical disabilities throughout the world. FOCA has strong leadership, a reputation for manufacturing quality and shared values grounded in a commitment to caring for its customers. We are delighted to be a part of this team.”
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.