Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.


November 3, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



North Judson, Indiana – The winner of the first annual North Judson Pitch Competition has officially established a new location in North Judson. Abrams Studios, LLC has moved into leased office space in the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s former Middle School as of November 2, 2020.  Under the rules of the Business Pitch, the move to North Judson makes Abrams Studios conditionally eligible for the balance of the competition’s $10,000 first place prize.

Abrams Studios, LLC is owned by four brothers – Wes, Derek, David and Jason Abrams, all natives of North Judson and all of whom graduated from North Judson-San Pierre High School.  The company develops video games and sells 3d assets to other game and film studios. Abrams Studios has also created a video game known as Morels: The Hunt which has been very well-received.  The brothers are now working on both a new game and looking into other platforms where they can offer the Morels game.

Now that they have located in North Judson, long term plans include establishing an internship with the local schools where students can learn the business and in turn contribute to its success. In addition, Abrams Studios has already worked with the talented staff at North Judson graphics firm OTES, where they have ordered a sign for their new location together with clothing and promotional items for their business. In the spirt of helping other North Judson based businesses, Abrams Studios has also placed their insurance needs with First Choice Insurance in North Judson.

Kirt and Elizabeth Verhagen were the catalyst behind the Pitch Competition. When contacted about what has happened since the winner was announced, Kirt Verhagen said, “My wife and I hoped that through this competition we would see a successful company realize the benefits of locating in North Judson. We are overjoyed that Abrams Studios has moved to North Judson and has also reached out to work with the school and other businesses located there. We hope this move inspires further business development in North Judson.”

The Verhagen family was assisted by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation and the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center in promoting and marketing of the Pitch Competition.


The Starke County Economic Development Foundation is a not-for-profit local economic development organization (LEDO) providing economic development opportunities on behalf of Starke County, Indiana, the City of Knox, and the Towns of North Judson and Hamlet through the development of industrial parks, rail spurs, greenfield sites, shovel-ready sites, infrastructure and workforce development. For more information regarding the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, visit