The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 2:58 pm

Expansions mean 75 jobs

Sherry Slater The Journal Gazette

Companies in Fort Wayne and Kendallville have expansions planned that will create an estimated 75 jobs by 2019, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

Hendrickson USA is investing $11.3 million to construct and equip a 57,000-square-foot addition to its factory at 101 S. Progress Drive in Kendallville.

The Noble County project will expand the facility by almost 50 »percent.

Hendrickson, a suspension parts maker that supplies the heavy truck and bus industries, also will install new equipment at a second Kendallville factory to increase production capacity of rubber bushings for truck suspensions manufactured worldwide. 

The Boler Corp. subsidiary employs 180 in Kendallville. Officials expect to create up to 41 jobs by 2019.

Positions will include manufacturing, lab technician and engineering.

As The Journal Gazette reported Saturday, Transformations by Wieland is investing $2.4 million to renovate a 76,000-square-foot facility in Fort Wayne. The project consolidates production, shipping, customer service and other operations into one building from three. 

The furniture manufacturer, which employs 56, will move into its new facility this week.

Transformations by Wieland, which the state said expects to create up to 34 jobs by 2018, has started hiring.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. included two additional companies in the northeast Indiana jobs announcement late Tuesday.

Snax in Pax, which makes gourmet caramel corn and fudge, is investing $3.8 million for an addition to its Topeka facility. The company now employs 15 and expects to create up to 21 jobs by 2017. 

Advanced Cabinet Systems is investing $1.5 million to expand its Marion operation and add an estimated 30 jobs by 2016. 

The IEDC has offered incentives to each of the companies, which cannot claim the full tax savings unless they fulfill hiring estimates. Transformations by Wieland Inc. was offered up to $225,000. Hendrickson USA LLC was offered up to $325,000.

Jaret Wieland, CEO of Transformations by Wieland, described Fort Wayne as a wonderful place to raise a family and run a business.

“Our community understands the value of hard work and encourages smart, innovative ideas,” Wieland said in a statement.

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