BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - For decades, Bloomington-based medical-device maker Cook Group kept a somewhat low profile. The company employed thousands of locals and was deeply involved in downtown revitalization programs, yet was seen by the populace as sort of a mom-and-pop operation. Perhaps because, for most of its history, that's exactly what it was. Cook Group, which remains family-owned to this day, was founded in 1963 by Bill and Gayle Cook. Bill, born in Mattoon, Illinois, tried several jobs (including selling shot glasses with pictures of nude women on the bottom) before finding his calling making medical devices. In 1958, a year after marrying his wife, he started a Chicago company that manufactured a then-new innovation - disposable...
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Cook Group still a trailblazer, years after founder's death