Statement as distributed by the Kosciusko County Economic Development Corp.:
Winona Powder Coating, Inc. announces the grand opening of its new Etna Green Production Facility on August 9, 2013. The Grand Opening of the 167,000 square foot Etna Green facility is a tremendous expansion from the current 30,000 square foot property in Mentone. The new facility has a state of the art powder coating line with a 5 stage washer, automatic and manual coating booths, and digitally controlled ovens, all of which are operated using the latest in industrial automation. The new line can coat parts up to 72 inches high by 36 inches wide and up to 24 feet in length. With this facility, Winona Powder is responding to customer demand to expand its coating offerings which will create additional jobs in the community. “This is an exciting announcement for the County, the Town of Etna Green and the people of this County as a local company grows into a vacant building bring new investment, new jobs and state of the art technology,” noted George Robertson, President of Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation.
“This industrial property in Etna Green provided the perfect location for Winona Powder Coating to expand. We had outgrown our facility in Mentone and to find such a building only 9 miles away is simply amazing” Stated Jamie Visker, CEO of Winona. He added, “The town of Etna Green, The Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, and the State of Indiana came together to provide a great package of economic incentives to assist in this expansion. This location, along with our 50,000 square feet in Elkhart will allow Winona Powder Coating to continue to provide the best powder coating services in the northern Indiana and southern Michigan area.”
This expansion represents a $5 million dollar capital investment and an additional 25 jobs over the next several years. “Kosciusko County is proud of Winona Powder Coating as one of our growing entrepreneurial companies and proud of the quality workers they find here that makes a company successful,” said Kosciusko County Commissioner Brad Jackson. Indiana Municipal Power, which serves the Town of Etna Green, provided energy conservation assistance, the State will be providing workforce and training assistance and the Town created a TIF district to provide assistance to the company and create new growth opportunities on the site.
Winona Powder Coating, Inc. has been in business since 1974 and started powder coating in 1979. The company operates two facilities, 167,000 square feet in Etna Green and 50,000 square feet in Elkhart. Winona operates its own fleet of trucks and trailers to provide pickup and delivery services to its customers. Winona Powder Coating has assembled one of the most experienced operational teams in the industry. The company has powder coated over one billion dollars’ worth of customers’ parts in the past 30 years. For more information about the company please go to www.winonapowder.com.