The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 10:00 pm

Steuben glassmaker to expand, add jobs

Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

A glassmaker is expanding in Steuben County.

Cardinal IG, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Cardinal Glass Industries, is investing $2.3 million to expand its existing Fremont factory and buy new equipment. The expansion is expected to create up to 38 new jobs within three years.

The manufacturer is adding 18,075 square feet to its 318,000-square-foot operation at 301 E. McSwain Drive.

Instead of buying from a supplier, Cardinal IG will integrate more parts of the production process into the Fremont plant, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said.

The company, which makes residential insulated glass for windows and doors, is expecting demand to increase as the housing market recovers. Building permit requests increased 15 percent in Indiana during the first four months of the year, state officials said.

Odin Clifton, Cardinal IG’s manufacturing director, said the jobs being created are production and material handling positions that pay $13.50 to $15 an hour, depending on experience.

Construction and hiring have already begun. The addition is scheduled to be operating in August.

Cardinal IG employs more than 6,000 in 37 U.S. locations, including about 300 in Fremont.

IEDC has offered the company up to $85,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants, based on the employer’s hiring plans. The town of Fremont also approved incentives.

Last month, a manufacturer that supplies fasteners for the auto, marine and industrial industries announced plans to invest $12.5 million and double the size of its Fremont operations.

Cold Heading Co., based in Warren, Michigan, expects to add up to 30 jobs by 2019. It employs 130 in Fremont.

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